Fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and can vary in scale from a single bin bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste dumped from vehicles on to land without the owner's permission. Fly tips may include furniture, electrical goods, building rubble, carpets and hazardous waste.

Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence which carries unlimited fine and a prison sentence. If you discover a fly tip please report it to us immediately. We aim to remove fly tipping from the public highway by the end of the next working day following the report. 

If you see somebody fly-tipping, what should you do?

If possible, please take a photograph of the waste and make a note of:

  • The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
  • What you saw:
  • How many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like
  • What they were actually doing
  • Any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number
  • Where were you when you saw the fly-tipping:
  • What kind of view you had
  • How far away you were
  • Weather and light conditions
  • What was tipped:
  • How much?
  • What it looked like

What should you do if you discover fly-tipped waste after the tippers have left?

  • Do not touch the waste - Fly-tipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • Try to determine what and how much the waste there  is consists and how much there is
  • Take note of the exact location and the time you discovered the waste
  • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution
  • Write the details down as soon as possible and report to Breckland Council on 01362 656878 or report it on line. You may be asked to help us make a written statement about what you saw.


What the Council will do with your report

Fly tips on council land If the waste has been dumped on land the Council is responsible for will be removed as soon as possible, we try to clear rubbish by the end of the next working day following the report unless it needs specialist equipment or treatment,we can make arrangements for it be removed.  We try to clear rubbish by the end of the next working day following the report unless it needs specialist equipment or treatment, for example if it is asbestos or chemicals. which takes longer to clear.

Removal of fly tipping from private land is the responsibility of the landowner however we are able to take enforcement action regardless of where the waste was tipped.  

We will always try to trace the origin of the waste to identify who deposited it and when the waste was deposited. Fly tippers will be prosecuted if we can prove they have illegally dumped waste. These offenders can be required to pay full clean up costs to the council for removing the waste as well as receiving a fine of up to £50,000. Fly tipping is now an arrestable offence and vehicles used in such offence can be seized by the council and other authorities.

Breckland Council wants to stamp out fly-tipping and will not hesitate in prosecuting individuals who do not dispose of their waste in a responsible manner