Fly-tipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally.

It is unsightly, can be unsafe, and it might attract pests such as rats and flies. Help keep our streets clean by:

  • Reporting fly-tips for clearance
  • Managing your rubbish correctly
  • Contacting us if you can provide a witness statement that would help us prosecute a fly-tipper.

Report on-street fly-tips for clearance

You can report on-street flytips for clearance online (select the "Street cleansing" option and add a space when entering your postcode).  

However, to report fly-tips on roads running through Council managed housing estates, see below.

Report fly-tips on housing estates for clearance

Council housing estate land, including roads running through estates, is managed by the Housing and Regeneration Department.

Report fly-tipping on Council managed estates to Estate Services or via the Report it app by selecting the 'council housing estates' option.

Report information for enforcement against fly-tippers

Get full details about giving a witness statement to our enforcement team.

Clearing fly-tips

Small on-street fly-tips (less than 2 cubic metres) are usually cleared automatically as part of the scheduled street cleaning services or by the end of the day after it was reported to us.

Larger fly-tips are usually cleared within two working days (Monday to Friday) of being reported. However, there may be a delay if enforcement officers need to investigate first.

Fly-tips which are considered a hazard will be cleared sooner by the rapid response service. This includes the removal of debris from road traffic accidents, dead animals, oil spillages and broken glass.

Fly-tipping and the law

We will fine or prosecute people who dump rubbish in the street and our enforcement officers now have the power to issue £400 fixed penalty notices on-the-spot for fly-tipping.

The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is £50,000 fine and/or 12 months in prison.

Vehicles used for fly-tipping can be seized and destroyed, and convicted offenders may be required to do community service.

Find out more about fly-tipping.

Fly-tips on private land

The responsibility for clearing fly-tips on private land lies with the private land owner. Private land owners seeking a fly-tip clearance service should contact a privately operating licensed waste carrier or contact us for a quote.

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Report fly-tipping (Add a space when entering your postcode).

Report It app

Report issues like fly-tipping and graffiti with your smartphone using the Report It app.

You can take a photo, check location (detected automatically) and give details of the issue. It is available for: