Fly-tipping, Littering and Public Land


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of large items or waste on public roads, land or into rivers. This could include large household appliances like washing machines or discarded materials from construction sites. It is illegal to deposit waste on our streets, open spaces or any other land without the owner’s permission.

This includes someone removing waste on your behalf and illegally depositing it. It is essential to use only recognised waste carriers, as illegal activity could result in the householder being fined.

We offer various waste collection services to dispose of waste legally.

You can report fly-tipping online or by email, and we'll arrange for the rubbish to be removed. We aim to remove all reported incidents of fly tipping on public land within two working days.

If you witness an incident of fly-tipping on public land, please let the council know as soon as possible.

You will be asked to provide a statement of what was witnessed. If possible, provide details of:

  • Vehicle registration number, colour, make and model
  • Who - what they looked like
  • When the incident occurred
  • Where the incident occurred
  • What was dumped

We’ve found that if the problem is not dealt with quickly, it can lead to an increase in fly-tipping in the area, making the unpleasant and unsafe area even larger and more obvious.

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