Report a Fly-tip

Report fly-tipping

Before you start, you will need to know:

If you witnessed the fly-tip, we will also ask for as much detail as possible. This may include times, dates, vehicle details, company details and a description of the fly-tipper. We will also ask you to leave your details in case we need any further information, although you can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.

However providing your details is important for any investigation of evidence at a fly-tip as we may be limited in the action we can take without being able to contact you.

Report a fly-tip online

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of household or trade waste. It can vary in size, from as little as a single bag of rubbish to domestic items such as furniture and fridges. For smaller amounts you canreport a litter problem to the council.

We remove fly-tipping from publicly-owned land, which includes roads and lay-bys. If the fly-tip is on private land such as people's gardens, driveways and business properties it is the responsibility of the land owner to remove it.

What to do if you discover a fly-tip

Residents are advised not to touch fly-tipped waste, as it may be dangerous. The council treats fly-tipping as a serious offence and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.

If you discover fly-tipped waste do not:

  • approach the person(s) fly-tipping
  • touch the waste
  • disturb the site
  • ignore it

Instead you should inspect the waste and thenreport it, using as much detail as possible.

What we do

There are three main ways that we tackle fly-tipping:

  • we use state-of-the-art CCTV to catch offenders
  • we have a team of professionals who investigate every case
  • we have the legal power to issue fixed penalty notices to fly-tippers, which can lead to prosecution

What can you do

There are many ways you can help tackle fly-tipping, these include:

  • making sure any workmen you hire dispose of your waste responsibly
  • making sure all your waste is kept secure until it's collected
  • asking to see a Waste Carrier Certificate when using a private company
  • asking a private company where they intend to take the waste

Registered waste carriers can be checked at theEnvironment Agency Public Register (opens in a new window)

Ways to dispose of waste