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.

Report fly-tipping on Council owned land

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

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Please note: the Council is unable to act on reports of fly tipping on private land which should be reported to the landowner. 

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.