All eyes on fly tipping - launch of Operation Eyeball

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

A brand new fly tipping task force named Operation Eyeball has been formed to tackle fly tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire and the Borough of Scarborough.

Bringing together North Yorkshire Police with landowners and district and unitary councils will allow the sharing of intelligence and information to tackle the crime. A key element will be planned and targeted enforcement action days.

North Yorkshire County Council, Network Rail, the NFU and the Environment Agency, as landowners, are also involved. Along with City of York Council, all seven North Yorkshire local authorities who have enforcement powers for this crime are also involved in the operation: Ryedale District Council, Richmondshire District Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate District Council, Craven District Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Selby District Council.

North Yorkshire Police will be gathering and sharing intelligence around fly tipping hot spots, suspect vehicles and waste carriers.

Harry Briggs, Scarborough Borough Council Environmental Enforcement and Contracts Manager said:

"We have worked hard over recent years to develop close working relationships with neighbouring authorities; unfortunately environmental offences do not stop at our boundary. We’ve also regularly sought and received support from North Yorkshire Police when tackling offenders, sharing intelligence and ultimately bringing offenders before court. Closer joint initiatives should deter small and large scale environmental crime for the benefit of all in our borough."

Julia Mulligan, Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, commented:

"Operation Eyeball is a wide ranging operation with a clear aim – to reduce fly tipping in North Yorkshire through an innovative approach. By bringing together organisations that are on the front line of the problem and have to deal with its consequences, we are taking an important first step to tackle it. I welcome the approach being taken by councils and would encourage anyone having to deal with fly tipping to get in touch with them."

Supt Paula Booth of North Yorkshire Police said:

"Fly-tipping is a selfish crime that blights local environments and spoils people’s enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses that operate within the law.

"By working together, we can tackle this issue. We also need help from the public – if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details about the incident and the waste as you can and report it to your local authority or via the website. This will help the authorities take action against those responsible and stop them fly-tipping in the future."

Anyone who witnesses fly tipping in the Borough of Scarborough should report it to Scarborough Borough Council online at or call the Environment Agency 24-hour hot line number on 0800 807060.

Picture of fly tipping courtesy of Natural England