Last updated: 1 February 2024

Next review: 27 November 2024

We take fly tipping very seriously. If you see someone dumping rubbish on public land, or if you see rubbish, please report it to us.

We will:

  • aim to clear it within 24 hours of when you reported it (hazardous waste clearance may take longer)
  • investigate who left it, with a view to taking action against them

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. This includes items such as:

  • black rubbish sacks left on the street on non-collection days
  • mattresses
  • tyres
  • sofas
  • 'white goods' (such as fridges and washing machines)
  • carpet
  • commercial waste such as builder's waste

Prosecuting fly-tippers

We can issue fly-tippers with a fixed penalty notice of £500 if paid with in 2 weeks of being issued or £750 if paid after the 2 weeks.

Alternatively, we can prosecute. If convicted, the person can be issued with unlimited fines and a custodial sentence of up to 3 years.

How to get rid of your rubbish

There's lots of free places to get rid of too much rubbish or rubbish that's too big for your bin.

Fly tipping on private land

If the rubbish is on private land, it's the responsibility of the owner or occupier to have it cleared.

If they don't do this, then we can serve them with a legal notice to ensure it happens.