Explains what fly-tipping is, how to report fly-tipped waste and legally disposing of bulky household waste.
You can report fly-tipping online:
Fly-tipping, often called fly-dumping and tipping, is the illegal dumping of waste on land which has no licence to accept waste. Household waste should be disposed of legally at an authorised tip (Household Waste Recycling Site).
You can report fly-tipping on public land if the waste is on the public highway or other land owned by the council.
Where waste contains evidence which helps identify the offender and/or where there are witness statements we will seek to prosecute the offender. There is no limit on the financial penalty for the offence of illegally tipping waste and offenders could also serve a term of imprisonment.
Report fly-tipping on public land
If the waste has been fly-tipped on private land, or is an accumulation of rubbish on someone's property, you can report fly-tipping on private (non-council) land using the link below, or by calling us on (01482) 396301.
An officer will contact you as soon as possible and usually within 5 working days.
It is usually the landowner's responsibility to remove the waste, however, we will investigate where it has come from and wherever possible will take enforcement action against those responsible for dumping it.
In these situations the cost of removal may be recovered through the courts. If waste is deemed to be causing or likely to cause a statutory nuisance we can also serve a notice on the occupier of the land to remove it within a given time.
Cases of large scale illegal tipping (a lorry-load or more) are dealt with by the Environment Agency and we will refer any such cases to them.
Report fly-tipping on private land
You can arrange collection and disposal of certain bulky household items you no longer want by booking a bulky collection service (opens in new window).
You can also dispose of extra household waste at our tips. Read more about where tips are and what you can take there.
Under the Environmental Protection Act - Section 34 (external website) you have a duty of care to ensure that if you give waste from your property to someone to dispose of for you, you need to ensure that they are licensed by the Environment Agency to carry waste.
For information on your waste responsibilities and how to ensure that you deal with your waste legally please see the Duty of Care leaflet below:
Duty of Care leaflet (pdf 300kb opens in a new window)
You can check with the Environment Agency (external website) to see if a contractor is a registered waste carrier.
You can pay the £400 fixed penalty notice (reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days) online, in person or by post. Visit the fixed penalty notices page for full details.
Yes. Prosecutions are brought under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - Section 33 (external website).
A person who commits an offence under this section is liable for an unlimited fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or both.
A fixed penalty notice for £400 (reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days) may be issued for small scale fly-tipping offences under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016 (external website).
If your waste is fly-tipped by someone else who does not have a waste carriers licence you may also be prosecuted. Prosecutions are brought under the Environment Protection Act 1990 - Section 34 (external website).
A person who commits an offence under this section is liable for a fine.
Yes. Prosecutions are brought under the Environment Protection Act 1990 - Section 34 (external website).
The fine for the offence of failing to produce waste transfer notes is £5,000 plus costs (level 5 on the scale) under the Criminal Justice Act 1982 - Section 37 (external website).
For a first time offence a fixed penalty notice for £300 will be issued under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005 (external website).
Failure to pay this may result in prosecution through the courts.
Yes. Prosecutions are brought under the Control of Pollution (amendment) Act 1989 - Section 1 (external website).
The fine for the offence of failing to produce a waste carrier’s licence is £5,000 plus costs (level 5 on the scale) under the Criminal Justice Act 1982 - Section 37 - Section 37 (external website).
Waste carriers licences are issued by the Environment Agency:
Environment Agency - Waste Carriers (external website)