Refuse - flytipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it.

Fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.

If you see someone fly-tipping or wish to report fly-tipped waste on council land,  please report it to us, giving as much detail as possible:

Report fly-tipping online

Please note: the Council is not responsible for clearing and collecting fly tips on private land, which should be reported to the landowner. 

However, our public protection team may investigate reports of fly tipping on private land.  Further details of this can be found on our environmental crime pages.

Do not:

  • touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • disturb the site; there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution

Do:

  • visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
  • make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water

If you see someone fly-tipping make a note of:

  • how many people are involved and what they look like
  • what has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
  • details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible

Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court), or an offender can even be sent to prison.

It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping. 

We treat this problem very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.

Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles; in this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

We provide waste disposal sites and recycling centres where you can safely and legally dispose of unwanted items.