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Fly tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of items.

Report fly tipping

If your waste is fly tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

Leaving items:

  • beside street bins and recycling banks
  • on the floor of communal bin areas
  • outside closed recycling centres and charity shops

are all fly tipping.

How you can prevent fly tipping

Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure your household or business waste is disposed of correctly.

You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly tipped by someone else on your behalf.

If it's your waste, it's your responsibility.

Always use a registered waste carrier to collect your rubbish.

Find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency's website.


What else you can do with your household waste

Use our bulky waste collection service

If you need to get rid of large items directly from your house use our bulky waste collection service

Use your kerbside bin collection

Visit our Bins and recycling section to find out about your bin collections and what you can put in your bins.

Use neighbourhood recycling banks or household waste recycling centres

Find out when your nearest recycling centre is open, what you can take there and how to get a permit to bring a van or trailer.

Sell or donate your unwanted items

Use social media groups or websites like eBayGumtree and Freecycle. Only donate items to charity shops when they're open.


Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal ‘duty of care’ to:

  • manage it properly until it's recycled or disposed of
  • always use a registered waste carrier or register to carry your own waste
  • keep the correct paperwork for at least two years.

A lack of understanding will not protect you in court.

Get help complying with the law: