Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish and costs UK taxpayers millions every year - it can range from a carrier bag or bin liner, to multiple loads weighing many tonnes.

Reporting fly-tipping

Why should you report it?

Dumped waste can often be contaminated. Not only is it harmful to the environment, water course and wildlife but it encourages vermin and, in time, can corrode or become unstable and emit toxic fumes which affect health and safety.

The money spent on clearing up illegally dumped waste could be better spent on other services

How to report it


You can report fly-tipping by completing the online form (see link below)

Report fly tipping

Over the phone

Alternatively, report the problem to us by phone on 01302 736000.  

We need to know:

  • Where it is
  • What it is
  • Is it hazardous - asbestos, oils, chemicals etc
  • Roughly how much
  • If possible, information about the vehicle/individuals involved
  • Your contact details in case we need to contact you for more information

If you've witnessed somebody fly-tipping

We urge you to report it directly to our Environmental Health Enforcement Team. You can do this in the following ways:

By email:

By telephone: 01302 737573

What happens next?

The Street Scene team will clear waste illegally dumped on public land for which it has responsibility within 7 working days.

We will work with private land owners to ensure any dumped materials are safely removed.

Consequences of fly tipping

Fly-tipping is a serious offence - if convicted, fly tippers face: 

  • an unlimited fine and / or up to 12 months in prison if convicted in Magistrates Court 
  • or an unlimited fine and / or up to 5 years in prison if convicted in Crown Court 

Your responsibilities

If you arrange for somebody to collect your waste, you have a duty to ensure that you check the person collecting it is a registered with the Environment Agency as a waste collector. A registered waste collector should carry with them at all times a waste carriers licence; they should also provide you with a waste transfer note when they take your waste away. It is your responsibility to check that anybody collecting waste has this licence.

You can also check if somebody is registered by following this link to the Environment Agency website. Environment Agency Register

Last updated: 04 January 2023 13:59:36

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