What Is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping can be defined as the illegal deposit of any waste onto land or a road that has no license to accept it. Illegal dumps of waste can vary in scale and the type of waste involved. Tipping mattresses, electronic equipment such as washing machines and dishwashers, or a bin bag full of office or domestic waste in the street causes a local nuisance and reduces the value of the area to the local community. Gibraltar is  a much sought after touristic destination and with the presence of fly-tipping, this can have a negative effect on Gibraltar's local economy as well as appeal as a tourist destination.

Why does fly-tipping happen?

There are several reasons why fly-tipping occurs, and they all need to be considered when trying to tackle the issue of fly-tipping.

Ignorance leads to a large amount of illegal dumping. Indifference can also lead to fly tipping. Householders may opt for the easier option to illegally tip their waste in a convenient place to them rather than take the item(s) to Gibraltar's Civic Amenities site on Europa Advance Road. In the UK, householders are charged a fee for the disposal of a bulky item when received at a civic amenities site. In Gibraltar, this service is provided free of charge by the Government of Gibraltar.

Where can we dispose of our unwanted bulky items?

Gibraltar's temporary Civic Amenities Site allows the general public and traders to dispose of their bulky items. It is situated at Europa Advance Battery, Europa Advance Road and is operated by Gibraltar General Support Services Ltd. This facility is available to the general public Mondays to Fridays 8am to 8pm and Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays from 9am to 5pm. The picture below shows the entrance to the temporary site.