Fly-Tipping

Fly-tipping is when bulky items are left/dumped on public or private property. Such items may include furniture, cookers, fridges and other items of waste. If these items are from your domestic property you can take them to your Local Household Waste Recycling centre free of charge.

It is illegal to fly tip with a potential of up to £50,000 in fines in addition to a maximum prison sentence of two years.

Fly-tipping is removed from public land and highways by our contractor The Landscape Group. We cannot accept responsibility for fly-tipping on private property it is up to the land owner to arrange removal.

  • What should I do if I've discovered a fly-tip?

    If you discover fly-tipped waste please follow these simple do's and don'ts:

    • Do not touch the waste: please be aware that some waste is dangerous and may contain sharp objects, and hazardous materials like asbestos or chemicals.
    • Do not open any black bags, boxes or containers.
    • Visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
    • Take note of its exact location, or the nearest landmark.
    • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.

    Please do not remove anything from the fly-tip site.  It is vital that all the evidence is left at the site for council officers to investigate.  If any evidence is removed, it could damage any potential prosecution case taken by the council.

    If you see someone fly-tipping we need your help to take that person to task and to try and put a stop to this sort of illegal activity. If you do see something, the information on what you've seen can help us catch the culprit.

    But it is important to remember that fly tippers are committing a crime and they do not want to be caught. Please do not approach them.

    The following types of information could be a big help in us tracing the offenders and possibly taking legal action against them.

    • The day, date and time of the incident you saw.
    • Make, model, colour and registration number of vehicle involved, and any company details on the vehicle.
    • Details of what was being fly-tipped e.g. household waste, garden rubbish, broken furniture, white goods.
    • How much was dumped, e.g. black sacks, contents of a car boot, van load?
    • How many people were involved and what they looked like.

    Please do not put yourself at any risk if you witness an incident. Your personal safety is always more important than anything else.