Fly-tipping and enforcement

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and can vary in scale from a single bin bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste dumped from vehicles. It is often done in order to avoid paying for the legitimate disposal of waste with the cost of cleaning it up falling on taxpayers and private landowners.

Fly-tipped waste can be found anywhere, such as pavements, car parks, next to waste bins or lay-bys to private land.

1. Offenders

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence which carries an unlimited fine. Offenders can be sent to prison.

Read information on fly-tipping fines (fixed penalty notices).

If the fly-tipping involves dumping waste from vehicles, the person controlling the vehicle can be prosecuted. It is possible to prosecute when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping on private land.

2. Fly-tipping

If you discover a fly-tip, please report this to us immediately and follow the steps below:

  • don't touch the waste as it can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • look at the waste and try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is
  • report its exact location to us
  • don't disturb the site - there may be evidence that could help identify the offenders and lead to their prosecution

Report dumped rubbish

If you see someone fly-tipping, please report on the above form:

  • the day, date and time you saw the incident
  • what you saw - how many people were fly-tipping, what did they fly-tip and where, what they looked like
  • any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number
Remember - don't put yourself at risk.

3. Ways to dispose rubbish

Fly-tipping rubbish can be easily avoided. You can dispose rubbish by:


Last updated: 6 June 2017
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