Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It's a crime that damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up.
You could be fined if your rubbish is fly-tipped
Did you know waste scammers can ruin your bank balance, as well as the local area? They take your hard-earned cash only to illegally dump your waste and leave you holding a hefty fine.
You are responsible for ensuring waste is disposed of legally once it leaves your home. That means if your waste is fly tipped by an unlicensed waste carrier that you’ve hired, you will receive a fine of up to £400. You may also be taken to court, where you face an unlimited fine if prosecuted.
Those who fly tip themselves face prosecution, an unlimited fine and up to five years in prison.
Don’t pay twice
Luckily it is easy to avoid getting caught out by these waste scammers. Simply follow the steps below:
- Check the company's waste carrier licence number on the Environment Agency register of waste carriers.
- Ask to see their waste carrier licence - it will look like this
- Ask what will happen to your waste - a licensed waste carrier should not object to reasonable questions.
- Make sure you get a waste transfer note and receipt for your waste and keep it as proof.
You might also consider using the Council's own bulky waste collection service (see below).
Other ways to dispose of your waste
Use the council’s bulky waste collection service
The Council operates a bulky waste collection service where we collect and dispose of larger item, such as furniture, white good and mattresses.
Household waste and recycling centres
There are four household waste and recycling centres in the Borough. Most waste is free to dispose of. There are charges for householders taking soil and rubble (£3 per standard rubble sack or item of sanitary ware), asbestos (£12 per sheet) and plasterboard (£10 per sheet / £6 per bag).
We will remove illegally dumped rubbish from the public highway or Council owned land as soon as possible and will work with the Environment Agency to remove larger accumulations. We are also able to provide advice on fly-tipping on private land but the responsibility for its removal falls to the landowner.
Let's stamp out fly-tipping together
If you do not know who the offender is, or did not witness the incident, please use the Quick report button below:
If you witnessed the fly-tipping happen, or know who the offender is, please use the Full report button below. Your information could help to stop a prolific fly-tipper, saving the local environment: