Fly tipping

Dumping rubbish or unwanted items in the street or on open land – fly tipping – is illegal. 

If you need to get rid of something too big to fit in your bin, you can ask us to collect large unwanted items for a small charge.

If you see some fly tipping, please don't move or remove anything contained in it. It could be harmful to you, and tampering with any evidence linking a person or address to the rubbish could harm our investigations.

If the fly tipping is on private land, it's the land owner's responsibility to remove it. We'll still investigate, but will contact them to tell them it needs removing.

You can check if some fly tipping has already been reported to us, and the status of existing reports, on the map below.

Fly tipping

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Report fly tipping

If the fly tipping you want to report isn't on the map, please tell us about it using our online form.

Fill in the form

It only takes a couple of minutes to fill in the form. All you have to do is:

  • click on the report fly tipping button below
  • show us on a map where the fly tipping is by clicking to drop a pin. If you don't drop the pin in the right place you can move it around the map to show the exact location of the fly tipping
  • tell us what sort of rubbish, and approximately how much, has been dumped
  • upload a photo of the fly tipping (optional)

You can report fly tipping anonymously, but if you'd like a receipt and reference number for your report you must provide either your email address or mobile number.

If you saw the fly tipping being dumped, and are willing to give us a witness statement that we may use to prosecute the person responsible, you'll need to give us your details so we can get in touch.

After reporting

Once you've submitted the form you'll be returned to this webpage where you’ll see that the fly tipping you’ve reported has appeared as a pin on the map. You may need to wait a couple of minutes and refresh your screen to be able to see the status of the pin on the map.

The pin will remain on the map for 14 days, during which time you can come back to the webpage to check the status of your report.

What happens next

When we receive a report about fly tipping we aim to have the rubbish removed within seven working days. 

It could take more than seven days if hazardous waste is involved. For example, we'd have to get specialist contractors to remove things like asbestos or chemical substances.

If the tipping is on private land, we'll contact the land owner to tell them it needs removing. If you're the landowner but you can't remove the fly tipping, we can remove it for you but we'll charge you the cost of doing this.

If we can prove who carried out the fly tipping we can fine or prosecute them and seize any vehicles involved.