Fly-tipping on public land

Our street cleansing team currently deals with nearly 3,000 public reports of fly-tipping on public land each year, with over 75% of cases being actioned within one working day of report.

We work closely with specialist colleagues in the regulatory services team to ensure evidence found on site is investigated. We particularly focus on ‘rogue trader’ waste activities, and local ‘hot spots’ where fly-tipping frequently recurs.

Fly-tipping is a criminal offence with significant penalties available to the courts when the perpetrators are identified.


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Report fly-tipping on public land

Fly-tipping on private land

Fly-tipping on private property should be resolved by the land owner or occupier. We provide a chargeable removal and disposal service to help land owners, landlords and businesses get litter and fly-tipping removed quickly and effectively from their land. This will give you confidence that the waste will be disposed of legally, professionally, and in an environmentally friendly way. To find out more about our services, please contact us.


Our street cleansing team regularly receive enquires about fly-tipping, litter and overgrown vegetation on areas of ‘unadopted’ land or highway, or private alleys or cutways for which a number of adjacent house-holders are responsible. For more information about the council's responsibilities for different land types, please read our guidance on reporting fly-tipping.

The council can make litter pickers and black sacks permanently available to residents who may wish to care for their local streets, neighbouring cutway or alleyway on a more frequent basis.

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Waste crime

The Environment Agency has issued a press release urging households to play their part in preventing waste crime during the coronavirus pandemic.

There are some easy steps the public can take to take to avoid unwittingly contributing to waste crime:

  • Check the people taking away your rubbish are registered waste carriers. Ideally they should have a copy of their registration documents on them; ask to see these. You can check their licence number at, or call 03708 506506 and the Environment Agency can check for you
  • Get a written receipt/transfer note showing their contact details, a description of your waste and details of where they are taking it
  • Note down the make, colour and registration number of the vehicle that’s taking your waste away

Check if a waste carrier is licensed

If you're hiring a waste carrier to remove and properly dispose of rubbish for you, then you have a duty of care to ensure that the waste carrier is licensed.

Check if a waste carrier is licensed

We recommend that you also request a receipt and retain it for at least two years. If your rubbish is found dumped by the waste carrier you've hired, and you can't show you carried out any checks, then you could potentially be prosecuted.