Reporting fly-tipping (dumped rubbish)

If you witness fly-tipping or wish to report materials fly-tipped, please contact our Envirocrime Team via our waste contractor (Biffa):

or telephone 03000 610 610 or email

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.

What information we need

If you find a fly-tipping site, please provide the following information:

  • its location
  • type and quantity of waste dumped.

And if you witnessed a fly-tip in progress, please provide the following information:

  • date and time of the event
  • its location
  • type and quantity of waste dumped
  • description of the person(s) carrying out the fly-tipping
  • vehicle description and registration
  • any company details (i.e. name of the site of a company van or vehicle)
  • any other information felt to be helpful for the council's investigation.

People found guilty of fly-tipping can face unlimited fines or a prison sentence.

Removing fly-tipping

We are responsible for removing fly-tipped waste from the public highway and highway verges. For information about how fly-tipped waste is dealt with see our page on street cleaning This link will take you to an external website... . If waste has been dumped on private land it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove it.

What are we doing about fly-tipping?

Catching people fly-tipping (dumping rubbish) is not always easy but we work closely with Police, the Environment Agency and partner local authorities to share intelligence and techniques.

We're also using more sophisticated methods than ever before to get the evidence that is needed, including the use of portable CCTV cameras in fly-tipping hot spots, which had led to a number of prosecutions.

However, we really value information about fly-tipping from people living in the communities where it is happening. Anyone who has information that might help us tackle fly-tipping offences should get in touch with us so we can investigate.

Who's getting rid of your rubbish?

If you need to pay someone to remove waste from your property, to help ensure you don't end up giving your rubbish to a fly-tipper please follow our tips on waste removal - how to stay legal.

Last reviewed: 24 - 03 - 2020

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