Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and it is your responsibility to know what has happened to your waste.
If you have any work done on your property or if you pay someone to take waste away for you, make sure they are registered with the Environment Agency.
If your waste is dumped illegally, you could be fined up to £50,000 and/or receive a prison sentence. At the Crown Court the fine is an unlimited fine and up to 5 years in prison.
Fly-tipping on private land
We respond to all fly-tipping reports and aim to clear the rubbish within 24 hours, provided it is on a street or some other public place.
If the rubbish is dumped on private land such as farmers' fields and other areas not in public ownership, we will not clear it without charging the occupier for doing so. We will investigate such incidents and prosecute offenders when we have the evidence. We also apply for costs in court on behalf of the landowner/occupier.
There are people who go round offering to take rubbish to the tip for a few pounds. They will see it on the front garden or down the side of the house or just cold call. It is important to realise that, unless they are registered waste carriers (and most legitimate companies do not cold call); these people have no option but to fly tip that rubbish.
If you want to find legitimate registered waste carriers, please use the Environment Agency's register to find registered waste carriers within your area.
You can also use our bulky waste collection service for which there is a small charge, or for larger quantities we can provide you with an individual quote.
Witnessing and reporting a fly-tipping incident
If you find evidence, please leave it where it is and let us know as soon as possible. If you witness the act of fly-tipping please make a note of any vehicle registrations etc and be prepared to make a written statement. Otherwise we may not be able to take any further action.