Dumped rubbish (fly-tipping)

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish in a public space, or leaving it on land without the owner’s permission. It’s become an increasing problem in the area, but you can help us keep our borough clean and make it a safer place to live by reporting illegally dumped rubbish to us.

We aim to remove the following items from public land within two working days of the problem being reported to us:

  • any refuse bags
  • bulky or loose material
  • household appliances (fridges, freezers, cookers, washing machines)
  • furniture
  • carpets
  • building rubble
We only clear up rubbish dumped on public or council-owned land.

To report illegally dumped rubbish, you need to be signed in to your My Account. If you don’t have one, you can create a My Account.

Report dumped rubbish

If you have evidence that waste has been illegally dumped on public land and are willing to attend court to help us prosecute the offenders, you can provide this information on the report form.

Rubbish dumped on private land

Clearing dumped rubbish from private land is the responsibility of the landowner. If you are responsible for the land or are a private landowner, you must ensure that your land is as secure as possible in order to prevent people from illegally dumping rubbish on it.

Penalties apply if you allow someone to dump rubbish on your land.

Disposing of rubbish without breaking the law

There are many ways to safely dispose of your rubbish without breaking the law. If you’re not sure when your rubbish is collected, you can check your bin collection times online.

If the item you’re disposing of is too big for your bin, you should book a bulky waste collection with us or drop it off at one of our recycling centres.

If you give your rubbish to someone else to dispose of you must make sure that person or company has a licence to carry waste. You could be liable for a fine if they don’t.