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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 private land.

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.  Annually councils 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 suspect fly tipping or witness it then follow this link for our reporting form.  We need to know:

  • Location of the fly tipped waste
  • Your contact details so we can contact you for any further information

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

What happens next?

Once we have received a complaint of fly tipping we will investigate within 3 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. If it is on private land we will contact the landowner.

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
  • that they give you a receipt with their company details on it.

Last updated 4 April 2019

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