Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items. It's unsightly, pollutes land and waterways and can be 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 or prison sentence of up to 5 years. We work in partnership with the Environment Agency, the Community Housing Group and West Mercia Constabulary to tackle fly tipping.
We are responsible for clearing flytipping and dumped waste on public land and we will investigate to see if the offender can be identified and prosecuted.
If you need to dispose of household waste, it's important to know you have responsibility for making sure it's disposed of legally.
Whether you hire a company or a 'man with a van' to take away your waste, you must make sure whoever collects your rubbish has the correct Waste Carrier Licence and can supply you with a copy of a waste transfer note.
(Check the Environment Agency's online register to find out whether a business has a Waste Carrier Licence)
If your rubbish gets fly-tipped and you cannot prove you took the necessary steps before paying for its disposal, you're responsible.