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 be 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 still investigate and take action against the offender.

Rubbish bins or bags on the highway

We will work with households to help educate people about the best way to dispose of their waste. If you are unsure about how to present your waste you should contact the team to discuss it further.

If we find that a household doesn't respond to our advice and are still not complying with our waste requirements then the issue will be passed to the neighbourhood team for investigation.

Recycling bring banks

Recycling bank litter campaign image - Fly-tipping costs more than you think, dumped waste takes time and money to clearThere are multiple recycling bank sites across the town to recycle your items and they are emptied on a regular basis. If the banks are full please do not leave any waste, instead we ask that you use one of the other sites available or alternatively use the kerbside collection service where possible. 

If you notice the banks are full or that dumping of recycling/waste has taken place then please report following the below.

Report an issue

You can report an incident of fly tipping using the link below or by contacting us on 01242 262626.

So that we can deal with your report as quickly as possible, it would be useful to have the following information:

  • details of the incident including a description of any people involved
  • the date and time of the incident
  • vehicle registration (if applicable)
  • the location of the incident
  • the type of waste. Is it harmful or hazardous?
  • any additional 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 but we may need to contact you whilst we investigate the case further.

Report fly-tipping

What happens next?

If you are a witness in the offence or have supplied details of a vehicle registration number then we will need you to give a statement. We will supply you with a template to complete which you can send back to us via email or post.

The case will be allocated to a neighbourhood officer to investigate within three working days of your report being submitted. An officer will complete a visit to the location within 24 hours and you will receive contact from the case officer with an update of progress on your report.

In cases where there is sufficient evidence, offenders may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400. In other cases, we may decide to prosecute offenders which can lead to a fine of £50,000 or up to 6 months imprisonment.

If there is insufficient evidence to investigate, we may be unable to pursue your report but we will update you on the rare occasion that this occurs.

If you need to discuss an existing case please contact the neighbourhood team.