The Council treats this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.
In an effort to reduce the number of fly-tipping incidences, the Council provides a Bulky waste refuse collection for large items.
The fly-tipping of any waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison for up to 5 years. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit fly-tipping.
Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.
The Police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for flytipping.
If you discover fly-tipped waste, please follow these simple Do's and Don'ts:
- Do not touch the waste: fly-tipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
- Visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
- Take note of its exact location: and also, whether it is in or near water.
- Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.
If You See Someone Fly-tipping:
If possible, please make a note of:
- The day, date and time you saw the tipping.
- What you saw.
- How many people were fly-tipping and what they looked like.
- What they were actually doing.
- Any vehicles involved - their make, colour and registration number.
Where were you when you saw the fly-tipping:
- What kind of view you had.
- How far away you were.
- Weather and light conditions.
What was tipped:
- How much.
- What it looked like.
Remember - Don't Put Yourself At Risk!
Please use the contact details above or use the online Street Cleaning Feedback - Problem Reporting Form below to report the incident.