Fly-tipping is crime that blights our communities, it's unsightly, can be hazardous and can lead to injuries both to the public and wildlife.
We are cracking down on fly-tippers as part of our Don't Stand For It! campaign against enviro-crime - here you can find out why it's such a problem, what we can do to stop it and how the law might affect you.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on public or private land. Waste should only be disposed of on land that is controlled by a waste management licence. Household waste can be taken to a Household Waste Recycling Centre free of charge, however charges are made to dispose of trade and commercial waste, and that's often how rubbish ends up being dumped where it shouldn't.
Who will clear it up?
If the waste is on the public highway or on Council owned land we will clear it away, usually within 5 working days. If the fly-tipping is on private land this will usually take longer as we have to contact the owners to get them to clear the waste.
What can we do about it?
We can take legal action which can end up with a fine of up to £50,000 and/or twelve months imprisonment for those found guilty of fly-tipping - we are committed to catching and prosecuting offenders wherever we can. We can also take action against householders whose waste is tipped illegally (whether they know about it or not), see our Duty of Care page for important information.
What if I find or witness fly-tipping?
If you come across fly-tipped waste, or see someone illegally dumping rubbish, please let us know straight away. We need to know where the waste is, when it was dumped and any details you have of the offender and their vehicle.
The more information you can give us, the more likely we will be able to take action. Any information you give us will be treated in the strictest confidence. You can report the incident to our Clean and Green hotline or use our online form.
Please note: Fly-tipped waste may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, chemicals or other hazardous substances, so could be a serious health risk. Don't attempt to move any of the waste yourself, please contact us straight away.