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Fly Tipping

Fly tipping

England is in lockdown. From Wednesday 2 December, lockdown will end and Middlesbrough will move into Tier 3 restrictions.

Fly tipping will be collected, but will not be cleared until 72 hours have passed. This is to protect our crews, as 72 hours is the lifespan of coronavirus outside of the human body.

Fly tipping is the illegal disposal of rubbish. Fly tipping can include: several bags of rubbish, large items like tables and wardrobes, or large piles of debris, for example building materials.

Fly tipping ruins our environment, town, parks and open spaces. We will investigate incidents of fly tipping and prosecutes those person(s) responsible when sufficient evidence can be obtained. The maximum penalty for fly tipping in court is a £50,000 fine.

Fly tipping will be removed from council-maintained land within 24 hours of notification on a normal working day.

Please note, general litter, for example scattered sweet papers, drink cans and bottles, and cigarette ends do not count as fly tipping. These will be removed as part of our normal street cleaning works, and can be reported using the street cleansing and washing Report It online form.


You can let us know about fly tipping using Report It.

When you report a fly tip in Middlesbrough, please give us the exact location. If you don't know, please give us as much information as possible to help us know where it is. For example:

  • the nearest property number/name
  • street light number
  • road junction

Button linking to the online report form

Report it