How to prevent fly-tipping in commercial buildings

How to prevent fly-tipping in commercial buildings

Vacant and partially vacant buildings have now become a target for fly-tipping, which can lead to property owners facing disruption and large clean-up costs. We look at how you can manage these risks at your vacant properties.

There are two slightly different operations that are trending at the moment, both leaving property owners with an expensive clean-up.

Firstly, there are cases where the fly tippers break in, and then operate the site as a waste tip, disposing of waste from their own activities and also charging a fee for others to use the site for waste disposal.

The second operation is more complex, where waste has been processed and then transported and stored illegally in an empty building.

The impacts of fly-tipping:

  • Due to the unknown contents of waste, there may be an increased costs in disposal.
  • The fire risk of the building is increased, adding additional risk of explosion due to the unknown contents.
  • If the waste is dumped outside, this can increase the cost of removal as water increases the overall weight.
  • Damage to buildings, including metal theft and general malicious damage is common.
  • The time it can take to clear the rubbish means more money, and can delay the re letting/marketing of the property.
  • If there are unauthorised parties, such as squatters or travellers, the legal process to get them removed can be costly and take time.

Ways that this damage can be mitigated are:

  • Prevention of access; in particular vehicular access
    • Concrete bollards
    • Perimeter Fences
    • Heavy duty chains and padlocks
    • Welded, pinned, or buried gate hinges
    • Earth banking/landscaping/ hedgerow
  • Monitored intruder alarm
    • Guard dogs
    • A guard, with fitted web cams for video evidence if there is any threatening  behaviour
  • Frequent inspections
  • Prompt action if something suspicious happens
  • Thorough CCTV coverage, for early detection of intrusion attempts

Focus should be on the physical protection of your property as well as preventing vehicle access, this is to make the premises a less attractive target to the fly tippers. Even where a criminal offence has occurred, it may be difficult to prove, and police may not have the power to evict the trespassers. This highlights the need is to prevent problems arising in the first place.

We are aware that every premises is different, and each site and circumstances should be taken on its own merits, with bespoke solutions based on a combination of security measures. If you would like more information on fly tipping, or would like to know how we can help you, give us a call on 01789 761 660.

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