Fly-tipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally.
It is unsightly, can be unsafe, and it might attract pests such as rats and flies. Help keep our streets clean by:
- Reporting fly-tips for clearance
- Managing your rubbish correctly
- Contacting us if you can provide a witness statement that would help us prosecute a fly-tipper.
Small on-street fly-tips (less than 2 cubic metres) are usually cleared automatically as part of the scheduled street cleaning services or by the end of the day after it was reported to us.
Larger fly-tips are usually cleared within two working days (Monday to Friday) of being reported. However, there may be a delay if enforcement officers need to investigate first.
Fly-tips which are considered a hazard will be cleared sooner by the rapid response service. This includes the removal of debris from road traffic accidents, dead animals, oil spillages and broken glass.
Fly-tipping and the law
We will fine or prosecute people who dump rubbish in the street and our enforcement officers now have the power to issue £400 fixed penalty notices on-the-spot for fly-tipping.
The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is £50,000 fine and/or 12 months in prison.
Vehicles used for fly-tipping can be seized and destroyed, and convicted offenders may be required to do community service.
Find out more about fly-tipping.
Fly-tips on private land
The responsibility for clearing fly-tips on private land lies with the private land owner. Private land owners seeking a fly-tip clearance service should contact a privately operating licensed waste carrier or contact us for a quote.