Flytipping is the illegal dumping of items. The size and amount doesn’t matter, whether it’s a single bag of rubbish or a truck load of furniture.
Flytipping includes leaving waste beside street bins or recycling banks, or on the floor of communal bin areas. It also includes leaving items outside closed recycling centres and charity shops.
We all have a legal ‘duty of care’ to ensure that we dispose of our household or business waste correctly. If it’s your waste, it’s your responsibility.
We remove flytipping from public land, including roads and laybys. Rubbish on private land is the landowner’s responsibility.
If you see flytipped rubbish on public land, report it using our online form or phone us.
We’ll ask you to:
- describe the exact location of the flytip
- describe what has been left and how much there is
- give as many details as possible about the person and their vehicle, if you saw the flytipping
- tell us if the waste is hazardous, or if it is restricting access
Do not approach anyone you see flytipping – keep yourself safe by standing out of the way. Do not touch waste in case it is contaminated or dangerous.
We investigate reports of flytipping, and seek to take enforcement action against offenders. You can face a fixed penalty notice of £400 for flytipping, or the court can impose an unlimited fine. This is also the case if somebody else flytips waste on your behalf.
Dispose of household waste correctly
- Use your kerbside bin collection – check when your bin will be emptied and check what goes in which bin.
- Take your excess recycling and waste to a local recycling point or rubbish tip.
- Arrange a bulky waste collection to get rid of larger items.
- Sell or donate your unwanted items – use social media groups or websites like eBay, Gumtree and Freecycle.
- Donate items to charity shops – but do not leave items outside when they are closed.
If you use a waste carrier to provide a skip or collect your rubbish, make sure they are registered. The Environment Agency can help you find a registered waste carrier.
Dispose of business waste correctly
- Manage your waste properly until it is recycled or disposed of.
- Always use a registered waste carrier, or register to carry your own waste.
- Keep the correct paperwork for at least two years.
A lack of understanding will not protect you in court. Get help complying with the law:
- Dispose of business or commercial waste
- Right Waste, Right Place
- National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group
Scrap flytipping campaign
The Scrap campaign aims to educate and advise people on their duty of care when it comes to waste.
Follow the Scrap code:
- Suspect all waste carriers. Do not let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration, and make a note of their vehicle’s registration plate.
- Check whether your waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency website.
- Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
- Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of and seek evidence of this.
- Paperwork must be obtained. Ask for a proper invoice or receipt, including the waste carrier’s contact details and a description of the waste.
The campaign launched in Cambridgeshire in July 2019, and we’ll launch it in Cambridge on 19 August. It’s run in partnership with Recap, Cambridgeshire Police, the Environment Agency, and the National Farmers Union.