Flytipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally. We remove flytipping from public land, roads and lay-bys. However, if the rubbish is on private land, it is the land owner's responsibility to remove it.
Flytipping also includes items dumped near neighbourhood recycling bins.
Please report flytipping to us so that we can deal with it.
We treat this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught illegally dumping any kind of waste.
If you see someone flytipping
Don’t put yourself in danger. But if possible, please make a note of:
- the day, date and time
- what you saw: How many people were flytipping? What did they look like? What they were doing?
- what was tipped?
- how much?
- any vehicles involved? Make, colour and registration number? Any company names on the vehicle?
- report it to us
If you find rubbish that has been dumped illegally
- please don’t touch the rubbish, it may contain dangerous items. Have a look at it, try to work out what has been dumped and how much there is
- take note of its exact location and if it’s in or near water
- don't disturb the site, there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution
- report it to us
Make sure your rubbish isn't fly-tipped
If you hire someone to take rubbish from your home or business, check they have a licence to carry waste. Ask them if they are registered and what their waste carrier’s licence number is, or check if they are registered online. If they are not registered then they are not legally allowed to take your rubbish.
If your waste is found to be dumped illegally, whether you know about it or not, you could be fined.
If you have a large household item you want to get rid of, you can use the bulky goods waste collection service for white goods, electrical items and furniture.
You can also take household, garden and commercial waste to a Household Recycling Centre.
What happens to people who dump rubbish illegally
- Flytipping is a serious criminal offence. It carries a fine of up to £20,000. You can even be sent to prison.
- It is also an offence to allow flytipping if you know it’s going on.
- The Police have the power to seize vehicles used for flytipping. If you allow your car or vehicle to be used for flytipping, even if you are not driving yourself, you can still be prosecuted.
Flytipping removal services for business
Subject to availability we can provide a service to business owners who have had rubbish flytipped on their private property. Contact us for for a quote or more details.