Report a Fly-tip
Before you start, you will need to know:
- the location of the fly-tip
- the type of land it was on
- the type of waste fly-tipped
- how to enable location services on your device
If you witnessed the fly-tip, we will also ask for as much detail as possible. This may include times, dates, vehicle details, company details and a description of the fly-tipper. We will also ask you to leave your details in case we need any further information, although you can choose to remain anonymous if you prefer.
However providing your details is important for any investigation of evidence at a fly-tip as we may be limited in the action we can take without being able to contact you.
What is fly-tipping?
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of household or trade waste. It can vary in size, from as little as a single bag of rubbish to domestic items such as furniture and fridges. You are able to report a litter problemonline to the council and afull litter bin as these are not fly-tipping.
We remove fly-tipping from publicly-owned land, which includes roads and lay-bys. If the fly-tip is on private land such as people's gardens, driveways and business properties it is the responsibility of the land owner to remove it.
What to do if you discover a fly-tip
If you are witnessing a fly-tip in progress, please phone 999 and report it to the Police.
Residents are advised not to touch fly-tipped waste, as it may be dangerous. The council treats fly-tipping as a serious offence and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.
If you discover fly-tipped waste do not:
- approach the person(s) fly-tipping
- touch the waste
- disturb the site
- ignore it
Instead you should inspect the waste and thenreport it, using as much detail as possible.
If you find a discarded syringe or needle, do not touch it.
Report the discarded syringe or needle us as soon as possible on 01362 656870 providing as much detail as possible about the location, such as:
- The nearest address
- The nearest street name.
Your phone number would be helpful (although this is optional) as our team may require a more precise location if they have difficulty finding the syringe.
This service is free of charge.
What we do
There are three main ways that we tackle fly-tipping:
- we use state-of-the-art CCTV to catch offenders
- we have a team of professionals who investigate every case
- we have the legal power to issue fixed penalty notices to fly-tippers, which can lead to prosecution
What can you do
There are many ways you can help tackle fly-tipping, these include:
- making sure any workmen you hire dispose of your waste responsibly
- making sure all your waste is kept secure until it's collected
- asking to see a Waste Carrier Certificate when using a private company
- asking a private company where they intend to take the waste
Registered waste carriers can be checked at theEnvironment Agency Public Register (opens in a new window)
Ways to dispose of waste
- You can dispose of unwanted items in many of therecycling centres (opens in a new window)
- You can organise aBulky Waste Collection for large unwanted items
- Freecycle (opens in a new window) your unwanted items or furniture