The council treats this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.
You can use the button at the top of the page to report an incident of fly-tipping.
The council can not remove fly-tipped waste from private land.
In an effort to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidences, the council provides a bulky waste collection for large items.
What is it?
The fly-tipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if referred to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.
The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.
If you find fly-tipped waste
If you discover fly-tipped waste after the tippers have left, please follow these simple do's and don'ts:
- do not touch the waste: fly-tipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
- visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
- take note of its exact location: and also, whether it is in or near water.
- do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.