Fly tipping is where people illegally dump waste onto the highways, footpath or adjacent land. The size of a fly tip can range from one bag of waste to a whole lorry load. Fly tipped waste can be either domestic or commercial.
Fly tipping is a crime. Penalties include:
Did you know? Householders can be fined up to £5,000 and end up with a criminal record if their rubbish is found to be fly tipped. Don’t use unlicensed waste carriers – if you do, you’re breaking the law too. Find out more about the household duty of care.
If you discover fly tipped waste please do not touch it as it might be evidence that we can use. It could also contain hazardous material.
Our cleansing teams will clear fly tipped waste where it is on Council maintained highways, footpath or adjacent land. We cannot clear fly tipping that is on private land.
If you have witnessed fly tipping on private land please tell us about it.
We need to know:
Your report will be investigated by our Environmental Enforcement Team.
If there is evidence to identify the person who have fly tipped, we will take enforcement action.
If someone fly tips on private land, the landlord or tenant is responsible for removing the illegally dumped waste.
You are not legally allowed to keep the waste on land if you do not have an Environmental Permit to do so, so any waste that is fly tipped on your land must be removed.
If you pay someone else to remove and dispose of fly tipped waste from your land, you must make sure that they are authorised to do so, and that you are given a Controlled Waste Transfer Note. You will need this as evidence if any waste removed from your land is found fly tipped elsewhere.