Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste on land that doesn’t have a licence to receive it. Waste can only be deposited at officially authorised sites.
Local authorities treat fly-tipping very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught. If you are caught fly-tipping you can be fined up to £50,000 and/or sentenced to six months’ imprisonment. If a vehicle is used to fly-tip waste both the driver and the owner can be prosecuted and the vehicle can be seized.
If you see someone fly-tipping or would like to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, take note of:
You can report fly-tipping by completing the online fly-tipping report form or by contacting the Neighbourhood Enforcement Team on 01753 875255.
Where enough evidence is gathered the council will take formal action against the person responsible for the fly-tipping and will be keen to use your evidence in court if necessary.
Fly-tipping on private land (e.g. in a front/rear garden) is the responsibility of the owner/occupier to remove and dispose of properly. The council will take formal action against the owner/occupier of the land if a fly-tip is not removed and it presents a risk to public health.