Report fly-tipping and rubbish

bags of rubbish and other items dumped on the street

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste or rubbish. Anything more than a single sack of rubbish is classed as fly-tipping. Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence and may fined or in some cases sent to prison.

Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the person who owns the vehicle.

We clear fly-tipping from the highway and council owned land. We are not responsible for clearing fly-tipping from private land although we can take a report to pass to our community protection team for investigation.

Rubbish bins or bags on the highway

Overflowing bins and a build up of rubbish bags left out on the street are unsightly, can cause an obstruction and are potentially harmful to health. Our enforcement team will inspect and gather the necessary evidence to make contact with the perpetrator(s).

Report fly tipping and rubbish on the highway

So that we can deal with your report as quickly as possible, it's important to consider the following information and have it ready to give us:

  • details of the incident including a description of any people involved and any witnesses
  • the date and time of the incident
  • the location of the incident
  • any evidence you have such as photos or videos

Please note all details received will be treated in the strictest of confidence and not disclosed to the target of your complaint and we may need to contact you for more information.

What happens next

A community protection officer will investigate your report to collect further evidence of the offence.

In cases where there is sufficient evidence, offenders could be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400. In some cases, we may decide to prosecute offenders which can lead to an unlimited fine or up to 5 years imprisonment.

If there is insufficient evidence, we’ll investigate further to gain the necessary evidence to issue a fixed penalty notice or to prosecute.