Fly-Tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It's a crime that damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up. Such items that maybe fly-tipped may include furniture, cookers, fridges and other items of waste. If these items are from your domestic property you can take them to your Local Household Waste Recycling centre free of charge.

It is illegal to fly-tip with a potential of up to £50,000 in fines in addition to a maximum prison sentence of five years.

Fly-tipping is removed from public land and highways by our contractors. We cannot accept responsibility for fly-tipping on private property it is up to the land owner to arrange removal.

  • What should I do if I've discovered a fly-tip?

    If you discover fly-tipped waste please follow these simple do's and don'ts:

    • Do not touch the waste: please be aware that some waste is dangerous and may contain sharp objects, and hazardous materials like asbestos or chemicals.
    • Do not open any black bags, boxes or containers.
    • Visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
    • Take note of its exact location, or the nearest landmark.
    • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.

    Please do not remove anything from the fly-tip site.  It is vital that all the evidence is left at the site for council officers to investigate.  If any evidence is removed, it could damage any potential prosecution case taken by the council.

    If you see someone fly-tipping we need your help to take that person to task and to try and put a stop to this sort of illegal activity. If you do see something, the information on what you've seen can help us catch the culprit.

    But it is important to remember that fly-tippers are committing a crime and they do not want to be caught. Please do not approach them.

    The following types of information could be a big help in us tracing the offenders and possibly taking legal action against them.

    • The day, date and time of the incident you saw.
    • Make, model, colour and registration number of vehicle involved, and any company details on the vehicle.
    • Details of what was being fly-tipped e.g. household waste, garden rubbish, broken furniture, white goods.
    • How much was dumped, e.g. black sacks, contents of a car boot, van load?
    • How many people were involved and what they looked like.

    Please do not put yourself at any risk if you witness an incident. Your personal safety is always more important than anything else.

  • Who will investigate a fly-tip report?
    • A Neighbourhood Services Officer with responsibilities of Environmental Enforcement will investigate any reported incidents of fly-tipping.  
  • Who has a duty of care to ensure waste is disposed of correctly?
    • All Householders have a duty of care to dispose of their waste correctly, this includes checking that any companies or individuals that are contracted to dispose of the waste are registered with a Waste Carriers License and that the householder receives a copy of the Waste Transfer Note.

    • Please see link below to the Enviroment Agency - Register of Waste Carriers, Brokers and Dealers