Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can vary from as little as a single bag of household rubbish, to large quantities of waste and 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 phone us. We will ask you to:
- describe the location of the flytip
- describe the size of the flytip and if possible what has been left
- give as many details as possible about the person, such as their name or vehicle registration, if you witnessed the flytipping
- 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, while the courts might impose a fine of up to £50,000, imprisonment, or both.
Waste duty of care
It’s your legal responsibility to ensure your waste is disposed of correctly, including passing it to an authorised person or company. Failure to do so could lead to prosecution and a fine of up to £5,000 if your waste is flytipped.
Check the register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers if you are unsure whether the person or company you are intending to give your waste to is authorised to take it.