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Fly Tipping

About Fly Tipping

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land that is not licensed to receive it. Fly tipping pollutes land and waterways and apart from being unsightly is dangerous to the public.

Fly tipping of controlled waste e.g. household, industrial and commercial waste is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £50,000. An offender can even be sent to prison for up to 5 years.

Five most frequently fly tipped items:

  • Household rubbish.
  • Larger domestic items such as fridges, mattresses or old furniture.
  • Construction, demolition and home improvement rubbish.
  • Garden rubbish.
  • Rubbish from businesses.

What are the Council's responsibilities?

We are responsible for clearing flytipping and dumped waste on public land and may investigate to see if the offender can be identified. If the fly tipping case goes to court, the fine can be as much as £2,500.

What do I do if I discover fly tipped waste or I see someone fly tipping?

Fly tipping happens at all hours of the day and night so you may witness it at any time. Suspicious activities include vehicles laden with rubbish driving down narrow track lanes. If you discover fly tipped waste after the tippers have left, please follow these simple guidelines.

  • Do not touch the waste. Fly tipped waste can be dangerous it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.
  • Make a visual inspection of the waste and try to assess what it is and how much there is.
  • Do not disturb the site as there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.
  • Make a note of the exact location of the dumped materials and whether it is in or near water.

Tell us about the fly tipping using the form on this page.

If you see someone fly tipping, do not put yourself at risk but try to note some of the following important information:

  • The day, date and time you saw the fly tipping.
  • Details of any vehicle involved e.g. make, colour, registration number.
  • Details of any individuals involved e.g. how many people, what they looked like and what they were doing.
  • How good was your view and how far away were you.
  • Any more information about the location and type of material dumped.

Tell us about the fly tipping using the form on this page.

How can I dispose of waste safely and legally?

To dispose of domestic waste you can:

  • recycle using the fortnightly kerbside service.
  • use the fortnightly refuse service.
  • take domestic waste to the nearest tip.
  • use our bulky waste service for the collection of large items such as furniture and white goods.

To dispose of commercial waste (resulting from business activities such as landscaping or garden services) you should contact a commercial waste carrier or skip hire company. (See local press or business directories for details).

Builders or landscapers may need to be registered as a waste carrier. Read the Environment Agency's Guide for Waste Carriers for more details.

Who is the Council working with to tackle fly tipping?

We are working in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Community Housing Group and West Mercia Constabulary to tackle the scourge of fly tipping.

Fly tipping is spoiling the countryside and causing environmental damage. Help us to STOP IT ALL TOGETHER!

Report Fly Tipping

Please give us as much information as possible. You do not have to give us your contact details but it would be useful in case we have a query.

Wyre Forest District Council