Flytipping is the illegal dumping of household or trade waste. It can vary from as little as a single bag of household rubbish, to large quantities of waste and domestic items such as furniture and fridges.
We remove flytipping from publicly owned land, including roads and lay-bys. If the litter is on private land, it's the responsibility of the land owner to arrange clearance.
If you see flytipped rubbish, report it using our online form or call 01223 458282. We will ask you:
- to describe the location of the flytip
- to describe the size of the flytip and if possible what has been left
- if you witnessed the flytipping, to give as many details as possible about the person, such as their name or vehicle registration
- to tell us if the waste is hazardous, or if it is restricting access
Do not approach anyone you see flytipping, in case they become violent.
We will investigate reports of flytipping and seek to take enforcement action against offenders. We can issue a fixed penalty notice of £400 to anyone who flytips, or in court you may face a fine of up to £50,000 and imprisonment.
If flytipping involves the use of a vehicle, both the driver and registered owner can be prosecuted. The police have powers to seize vehicles used for flytipping.
It is also an offence to permit or authorise flytipping on land where an environmental permit is not in force.