Japanese knotweed faqs
How do I know that I have got knotweed on my property?
Can I treat Japanese knotweed myself?
Duty of care
How can I control the spread of the seeds from Japanese knotweed?
What are the laws regarding Japanese Knotweed?
Although it is not against the law to have Japanese Knotweed on your land, the law states that it is an offence to cause it to spread. Due to the destructive nature of the invasive weed, if Japanese Knotweed spreads encroaches onto your neighbour’s land you can face a conviction, a fine of up to £5,000 and / or six months in prison.
In relation to the disposal of Japanese Knotweed, legislation states that Japanese Knotweed is classed as controlled waste and if not disposed of correctly may lead to prosecution under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act (EPA) 1990. It must be taken to a licensed landfill site and if you are transporting Japanese Knotweed waste you need a Waste Carrier’s license. Failure to show the license can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice of £300.