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Fly-tipping (illegal dumping)

How to report dumped rubbish

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is illegally dumped rubbish. We will clean up and investigate fly-tipping, including dumped:

  • household rubbish
  • garden waste
  • mattresses
  • construction materials
  • electrical items

We will clear fly-tipping from council owned land and verges. We won't clear fly-tipping from private land. This is the responsibility of the land owner to clear and dispose of responsibly.

How you can help

It’s important that you tell us if you saw who dumped the rubbish. Or if you have any other information that may help us (for example, details of any vehicles involved). The more information we have, the more likely we are to find the culprit.

If you find evidence, please leave this at the site. But if you can, take photos. It helps to have a wide shot of the fly tip in it's original place, and close up shots of the evidence.  Please upload these on the form below when making your report.

After your report, we may contact you for further information, if you're happy for us to do so.

Report fly-tipping

You can report dumped rubbish using our online report form. You can now track the progress of your report through registering for our My Account service.

Registering for an account is easy and will allow you to securely access our services 24/7.

To report dumped rubbish you'll need to know:

  • where the rubbish is
  • the type of rubbish that's been dumped

Report dumped rubbish

Dangerous dumped rubbish

If the rubbish is a danger to the public (for example, syringes or clinical waste) please tell us straight away. You can call us on 0800 253 2687.

What happens next?

Following on from a report, we aim to clear the rubbish within two days.

We can investigate fly-tipping on public and private land (with the owner’s consent). And we'll consider legal action against offenders where appropriate.

If found guilty, offenders can face unlimited fines. The courts can also give out:

  • community service
  • custodial sentences in extreme cases

Any action we take will be in line with our corporate enforcement policy.