Fly-tipping is illegal dumping on a site that is not licensed to accept waste. The waste may include general household rubbish, larger household items, e.g. mattresses and fridges, garden refuse or commercial waste. It is an offence that can lead to a fine or imprisonment.
We have Rapid Response teams in each area, to clear dumped rubbish from Council-owned land. We will also take action to get landowners to clear up rubbish on private land. Our Neighbourhood Wardens will actively try to find evidence of people fly-tipping and take legal action against them.
The fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
If you do see someone fly-tipping
If possible, before you report please make a note of:
- The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
What you saw:
- How many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like
- What they were actually doing
- Any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number.
Where were you when you saw the fly-tipping:
- What kind of view you had
- How far away you were
- Weather and light conditions.
What was tipped:
- How much?
- What it looked like.