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Fly Tipping

What is fly tipping?

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and can vary from a single bin bag of rubbish to large amounts of waste dumped from a vehicle. It is usually done to avoid paying for the correct disposal of waste and can be found anywhere such as pavements, lay-bys, car parks or on private land.

What can the Council do to about fly tipping?

If we receive a complaint of fly tipping we will investigate the matter within three working days. If we find evidence, we will look to prosecute the offender. If the waste is on Council land it will be removed as soon as possible by our Streetscene Team. If it is on private land we will contact the landowner and inform them that they need to remove the waste.

Report fly tipping to the Council

If you would like to report fly tipping to the Council, please use this form – report it

We will need to know:

  • the location of the fly tipped waste
  • your contact details so we can contact you for any further information
  • if you have removed any of the waste

If you have witnessed somebody fly tipping or have removed any of the waste, this may require the person complaining to complete a witness statement and they may need to attend a magistrates court (this can be found in the useful documents section on this page)

Please do not touch any waste as it may contain syringes, broken glass or hazardous materials.

What happens if I receive a fly tipping penalty?

If you have received a fly tipping penalty, you have a limited period of time to pay the amount in full. If you pay the penalty within 14 days then no further proceedings will be taken. If you do not pay the fixed penalty within that time, you may be prosecuted, and if convicted, it could result in you receiving a much larger fine. You may pay the lesser amount if you do so within 10 days of receiving your fixed penalty notice. The fines and timescales to pay are listed below:

Fine Timescale
£350 0 - 10 days
£400 11 - 14 days

How do I pay for a Fly Tipping Penalty?

You can pay for a fly tipping penalty via the following options:

  • online by clicking here
  • by giving us a call on 01782 717717 during our office hours which are Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm. Payments are accepted by debit card or credit card.
  • or by posting cheques to:

Head of Environmental Health Services
Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council
Castle House
Barracks Road

The Borough Council operates a complaints procedure if you consider your challenge has not been correctly considered.  See our Complaints, Comments and Compliments page for details. You can e-mail Customer Relations .

Fly tipping is an increasing national problem. Last year across England there were more than a million cases, mainly of household waste. The quantity tipped is usually the equivalent of a small van load. The cost to local councils of clearance has been estimated by DEFRA to be more than £57 million. Councils across the country, annually carry out close to half a million enforcement actions costing £16 million. Each week Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough residents report more than five cases of fly tipping. It is a criminal offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and you can receive an unlimited fine. You can also be sent to prison. If the fly tipping involves dumping waste from a vehicle, the driver can be prosecuted.

If you pay someone to dispose of your waste always check:

  • that you are using a licensed waste carrier using the DEFRA website
  • where they are going to take your waste
  • they give you a receipt with their company details on it.

You can also dispose of household waste yourself by using our local recycling centre – Household Waste Recycling Centre (The Tip)

Last updated 24 October 2019

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