Report fly-tipping, litter, rubbish/bin bags on the highway

bags of rubbish and other items dumped on the street

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of any waste or rubbish anywhere other than at a licensed tip.

We clear fly-tipping from the highway and council owned land. We do not clear fly-tipping from private land although we can take a report to pass to our enforcement team for investigation.

Anyone fly-tipping waste is committing a serious offence. Fines in Magistrates' courts are up to £50,000 and may include up to six months imprisonment. If the case goes to Crown Court, fines are unlimited and may include up to two years imprisonment or up to five years if hazardous waste is dumped. Where fly-tipping involves the use of a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted, as can the person who owns the vehicle.

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) and gather the necessary evidence to make contact with the occupier.

Litter

We have a duty to clear litter from public places, such as streets, parks, playgrounds and pedestrian areas. This duty is usually undertaken by the cleansing team as opposed to the enforcement team, although there may be occasional circumstances that warrant enforcement intervention.

Dropping litter (including cigarette ends and chewing gum) is against the law with a maximum penalty of £2,500 in a magistrates' court. If an act of littering is witnessed by an enforcement officer, a fixed penalty notice of £80 can be issued immediately.

How do I report fly-tipping, litter, rubbish bins/bags on the highway?

What we will need to know

We will ask you to tell us about:

  • The type of issue (fly-tipping, litter, bins/bags on the highway)
  • where the fly-tipping/rubbish is
  • how long the fly-tipping/rubbish has been left there
  • a description of the waste

Please note that all the required fields must be completed before your report can be passed to the correct team to deal with. All information that you provide is treated in confidence.