Fly tipping Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it.


Flytipping is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it. Uncontrolled illegal waste disposal can be hazardous to the public and environment, especially if it contains toxic material or asbestos.

Flytipping is a serious criminal offence for which you can be prosecuted. The courts have various powers available to them to tackle flytipping, including imprisonment, unlimited fines and an order to deprive rights to a vehicle used to commit the offence.

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Abandoned vehicles including cars, motorbikes, caravans and trailers, should be reported through the abandoned vehicles process.

You can report all other fly-tipping here.

If you discover flytipped waste…

Do not:
• touch the waste – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
• disturb the site – there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution

• visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
• make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it is in or near water

If you see someone flytipping make a note of:
• how many people are involved and what they look like
• what has been tipped – how much and what it looks like
• details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible.

Things that might help

Keep Britain Tidy provide further information on flytipping and the law. You can read more here.