A couple of weeks ago my husband was on one of his cycling routes and saw a substantial amount of dumped asbestos on some land near an unkept pond.
He called our local council to report it thinking they would address it. However, when he explained where it was, the council said they can't do anything about it as it was on private land. My husband said he thinks it's going to be buried on the land, the council still was not interested.
He cycled the same route 2 days later, the asbestos had been buried into the pond!
It's not quite clear who owns this land as there are many country estates in this rural area.
I was surprised in this day and age of environmental consciousness that there seems to be no enforcement to stop people basically doing what they like with asbestos on their own private land.
Unless someone knows different...?
Best answer by DutchCaerleon
According to https://www.fallonpilott.co.uk/asbestos-fly-tipping/,
- Land managers, occupiers or owners of private property are responsible for clearing and disposing of any fly tipping found on private land.
- Local councils will not normally clear rubbish dumped on private land free of charge but they may investigate such incidents and where appropriate take enforcement action.
- The Environment Agency investigates the larger (more than a tipper load), organised (linked to criminal business practices), or hazardous (waste over 75L which have the potential to damage the environment) incidents of illegal dumping on public land.The EA will investigate if the asbestos is more than 5 cubic metres of fibrous asbestos or 75 litres of potentially hazardous waste in drums or containers.
Regardless of whether fly tipping is found on public or private land you should always report it to the relevant local authority – it may be that the culprit can be found or linked to other incidents
Here’s more detail on the Council’s responsibilities:
It seems to me the Council should investigate, using their powers of entry is necessary, establish the scale of the problem and alert the landowner and instruct them to remove the waste as fly tipping is illegal and, in absence of an identified offending party, the landowner is ultimately responsible for executing the clean-up and doing it appropriately. The landowner will have to bear the cost of the clean-up. If asbestos is found, the Council should also inform the health and safety executive, and the council could do a preliminary investigation to see if an offence has been committed, etc.