Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste, items or materials. Examples of fly-tipping include:
- large household items such as fridges, or furniture left in the street
- dumping rubbish or building materials in the countryside or green spaces
We will take action against anyone found to be fly-tipping, which could lead to a fine of up to £50,000 and imprisonment.
What we can do
We can clear fly-tipped waste from public land, but generally any waste dumped on private land becomes the responsibility of the occupier, or owner if the land is unoccupied, and they will need to arrange for it to be cleared.
If you are concerned that waste dumped on your land is, or could become, hazardous or a danger to public health, we can help advise you on how it can be safely removed. We also offer a clearance service; please contact us for a free no obligation quote.
If you have evidence to identify someone who you believe has dumped items illegally, we will investigate and take action against them if appropriate.
What you can do to help reduce fly-tipping
If you employ someone to dispose of rubbish for you, please check they have a waste disposal license. This licence ensures that contractors dispose of waste material legally.
Need assistance? Get in touch:
Recycling, Refuse and Waste
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Page last updated: 16 April 2021