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Fly-tipping Privacy Notice

Last updated: Monday, 13 August 2018
Please note: the following notice provides additional privacy information to the Rochdale Borough Council privacy notice.

Fly-tipped waste generally consists of items of rubbish such as fridges, mattresses, builders' rubble and tyres that are dumped illegally from a vehicle instead of being disposed of properly. Fly-tipping is expensive to remove and unsightly. Customers can report this to us and we'll investigate to identify the individual responsible and prevent it happening again. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted.

What personal information we collect

We collect personal information to make sure that we can carry out our work. The personal information we collect includes:

  • Name
  • Address and contact details including email address
  • Age and date of birth
  • Marital status
  • Identifiers such as National Insurance number, passport number, driving licence number and vehicle registration number
  • Attainment or educational data
  • Employment data
  • Photographs
  • Financial information such as bank details
  • Health or medical records including disabilities
  • Religion
  • Ethnicity or nationality
  • Sexuality
  • Crime or offending information
  • Memberships of organisations
  • Political opinion

Who we collect personal information about

When we collect personal information it may be about:

  • Offenders
  • Complainants

How we use personal information

We use your personal information to:

  • Maintain accounts and records
  • Prevent and prosecute crime
  • Enforce regulatory powers
  • Manage complaints and allegations
  • Undertake investigations and audits

Why we use your personal information

We're required by law to investigate fly-tipping. This is detailed in legislation and guidance including:

  • Environmental Protection Act 1990
  • Refuse Disposal (Amenity) Act 1978
  • Public Health Act 1961
  • Control of Pollution Act 1974

We're allowed to process personal and sensitive data for the following reasons under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Articles and the Data Protection Act:

  • To comply with a legal obligation
  • For a public task or statutory function
  • Consent of the individual
  • Substantial public interest

Who we share your personal information with

We collect information from and disclose information to individuals and organisations that can support our work including:

  • Affected parties
  • Complainants
  • Council departments such as legal services
  • Other public bodies or authorities
  • Law enforcement and prosecuting agencies
  • Courts and tribunals

When we make an automated decision about your personal information

This service doesn't make any decisions using computers or programmes that don't involve a human being when using your personal information.

How long we keep your personal information

We keep personal information collected as part of this process for a minimum of 2 years from the date of collection, or for an additional length of time if necessary.

When we transfer your personal information beyond the European Economic Area (EEA)

This service doesn't transfer your information outside the EEA.

We do not routinely share data with any organisation outside the UK, but our website is available across the internet and we communicate with applicants and stakeholders wherever they are.


To request your personal information and exercise your privacy rights please contact:

If you need to raise a concern to our Data Protection Officer about our use of your personal information, please contact:

Information Governance Unit
Number One Riverside
Smith Street
Rochdale OL16 1XU ​

We are registered as a Data Controller with the Information Commissioner's Office.

Our registration number is Z5481774.