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Fly-tipping is the unlawful disposal of controlled waste.

If you have seen someone fly tipping or noticed a fly tip site:

  • Note the type of rubbish (eg rubble, black bags, white goods, furniture) and how much there is, but don’t touch it, it could be dangerous.
  • Note the location in as much detail as possible (eg street name, physical markers) so officers can find it.
  • If you’ve seen the person who fly tipped, note down their description / vehicle registration or any suspicious vehicles in the area.
  • Report fly tipping online here

You can help by disposing of your extra waste responsibly and properly:

  • You can take it to your nearest recycling centre.
  • Request a bulky waste collection.
  • Hire a registered waste carrier (you are responsible for your waste and could be prosecuted if someone else fly tips it. Check their waste carrier licence and seek advice from the Environment Agency).
  • Ask if the company you have bought new large items from will remove your old items (some do it for free and some charge a small fee).
  • Check if your items have special disposal sites (eg asbestos, scrap cars and parts, fluorescent bulbs, batteries, fridge-freezers etc..)
  • Donate items in good condition to charity (some collect furniture for free)
  • Advertise reusable goods on selling sites or social media – One man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure!

Fly tipping costs the council a lot of time and money to clear up. Every year we clear an average of 700 fly tips. We actively monitor known 'hot spots' and when we find the culprit, we fine them a fixed penalty notice or clearance charge and often seek prosecution.

For more information about fly tipping visit these sites:

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Last updated: Fri 14 May, 2021 @ 13:28