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Report fly-tipping or illegal waste dumping

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Fly-tipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally. This includes household and business waste.

How to report fly-tipping

If you report fly-tipping to us we can remove it if it is on:

  • public land (such as the seafront, parks or playgrounds)
  • roads
  • pavements
  • cycle lanes

Do not touch the waste or put yourself in danger by confronting the fly-tippers.

When reporting fly-tipping you will need to tell us:

  • the day, date, and time
  • if you witnessed it happening
  • what and how much was tipped 
  • if there were any vehicles involved (make, colour, registration number or any company names on the vehicle)
  • the location
  • your contact details if you want us to update you

How we deal with fly-tipping

Our contracted external agency Waste Investigations Support and Enforcement (WISE) investigate both domestic and business fly-tipping.

Where enough evidence is found, officers will trace the offenders and where appropriate, issue them with a fixed penalty notice (fine).

The waste itself will be cleared if it is on public land at the earliest opportunity, and you will only be contacted if we need further details.

How you can help

If you find that you are victim of repeated fly-tipping, the National Fly-Tipping Prevention Group suggests a number of prevention measures such as:

  • installing barriers
  • improving visibility and lighting
  • placing appropriate signage
  • CCTV
  • clearing away waste quickly

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