Fly-tipping is a crime.
Fly-tipping makes an area -
- look ugly
- uncared for
- pose a risk to health and the local environment
We treat fly-tipping very seriously and may use CCTV to monitor problem locations to identify offenders.
Where we find evidence, we will seek to identify and locate those responsible and taken enforcement action.
If you pay someone to remove your waste and it is found fly tipped you can be fined and get a criminal record.
If you pay someone to remove your waste, you must ensure they are authorised by the Environment Agency to do so. You can do this before giving them your waste by calling 03708 506 506, further information is available via the link below.
Reporting fly-tipped waste
If you see someone fly-tipping, or find fly tipped waste you can report this using the form below.
Any information we ask you to provide on this form, will be used to help us to remove and identify those responsible.
Please do not touch any of the waste, as this may contain -
- other hazardous substances
We will remove fly tipped waste from -
- adopted alleyways
- public roads
- pavements (this includes grass verges)
- public open spaces e.g. parks, cemeteries
- other Council land
Our response to fly-tipping
Our crews work Monday to Friday clearing fly-tipping reported to us, and we will clear it away within five working days. Reports of fly-tipping reported outside of these times will be processed next working day.
Fly-tipping on private land
If fly-tipping has taken place on private property, unfortunately this remains the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the land to remove and dispose of lawfully, even if you did not deposit the waste.
If you fail to do so this may result in action being taken by the council to ensure the land is cleared and the waste is disposed of lawfully.
If you are required to remove and dispose of fly tipped waste from your land, you must make sure they are an authorised and registered with the Environment Agency and it’s recommended you always obtain a Controlled Waste Transfer Note.
If we are successful in any enforcement action taken, landowners affected by fly tipping on their land may be able to recover any costs they have incurred through the courts.
If we have enough evidence to identify and locate persons responsible for fly-tipping this may result in -
- a £400 fixed penalty
- seizure of any vehicle involved with fly tipping
- prosecution and if convicted an unlimited fine, imprisonment or both
- recovery or clean-up costs
Paying a fixed penalty
Your waste your responsibility
- to keep your waste safe and secure on your property
- always recycle or dispose of your household waste, through the free services we provide
- don’t place bagged waste by any wheeled bin, on the highway or elsewhere on public land
- always recycle or dispose of your household waste within your wheeled bin
- only pay and give your waste to people once you have checked them out with the Environment Agency and don’t just use someone advertising on social media or who cold calls you
- report fly-tipping to us