Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. It ruins our environment, town, parks, and open spaces.
Fly tipping can include:
- several bags of rubbish
- large items like sofas or mattresses
- large piles of debris, for example building materials
What we do about fly tipping
We will investigate reports of fly tipping, and prosecute the people responsible when we have enough evidence. The maximum court fine for fly tipping is £50,000.
Normally we'll remove fly tipping from land we maintain within 24 hours of getting a report, on a normal working day. Because of coronavirus, we're currently waiting for 72 hours before collecting the rubbish, to keep our crews safe. This is because coronavirus can live for up to 72 hours outside the human body, for example on the surface of an item.
Please note, general litter - for example, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, cans, bottles, and cigarette ends - do not count as fly tipping. These will be removed as part of our normal street cleaning works. You can report problems with litter using the street cleansing and washing Report It online form.
How to report fly tipping
To help us catch those responsible for fly tipping, we need as much information as possible when you report it to us.
The people responsible
If you know who's responsible, tell us what you know about them - for example, their name, address, or car registration. The more information we have, the easier it is to catch and prosecute them.
When you make a report, please give us the exact location. When you're reporting it online, it's easy to use our map to pinpoint the location. If you're struggling to use the map, you can type in the address instead.
If you don't know the location, give us as much information as possible so we can work out where it is. For example:
- the nearest property number/name
- street light number
- road junction
If you have any photos, please send these with your report. Photos of the rubbish being dumped, for example from a CCTV camera outside your home or business, can help us identify the people responsible.
Photos of the rubbish which has been dumped are also helpful, so we know how much of it there is.
Report fly tipping now
You can tell us about fly tipping using Report It.