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Fly tipping

Report fly-tipping

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Report fly-tipping

In order for us to be able to prosecute effectively, we need your help. Witness statements and information given is treated confidentially.  If you witness fly tipping taking place, try and get the following information and report as soon as possible:

  • date and time of offence
  • 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

If you find fly tipping

  1. Don't touch the waste - it may contain syringes, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  2. Don't disturb the site - there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution.
  3. Visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is.
  4. Make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping, its exact location and whether it’s in or near water.
  5. Take a photo if it's safe and possible to do so.

Remember that fly-tippers are doing something illegal. Be very careful - they are unlikely to welcome people observing them or taking notes or photographs.

Removal of fly tipping

  • The council will investigate cases of fly tipping and act on the findings as appropriate
  • the council can only remove fly tipping which is found on public land and is not privately owned land
  • Fly tipping found on private premises is the responsibility of the owner and so some cases may take longer to rectify than others
  • The council can arrange the removal of waste from private land at a cost to the owner

Last updated Tuesday, 30th May 2023

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