Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of any waste on the street or road. Fly-tips can range from a few black bags of household waste placed next to a tree or litter bin, to larger items such as fridges, mattresses, builders' rubble and tyres.
Before you start
To report a fly-tip online you will need:
- The location of the fly-tip
- Information on the type of fly-tip such as size or contents
- An optional photograph (if it is safe to take one)
How do we deal with fly-tips?
All fly-tips on public land shall be resolved by the Council within two working days unless we are investigating for evidence of the perpetrator.
Public land includes:
- Roads and pathways
- Public car parks
- Council owned parks
- Council owned alleyways/access roads
Fly-tips on private land
If no evidence is available and there is no hazardous waste, then we do not have a duty to clear up the fly-tip.
Where a landowner is known or identified then they will be responsible for clearing the fly-tip themselves. Should the fly-tip remain a concern, our enforcement team shall notify the landowner that they have eight weeks to resolve the issue.
If the issue is still not resolved then we will remove the fly-tip and invoice the landowner for the work involved. Removal of a fly-tip on private land carries a charge of £309.80 per hour inclusive of VAT. There is a minimum charge of 1 hour for all incidents attended. Additionally there is also an initial charge for investigation and removal of fly-tipping which could increase as a result of the investigation process. This is £2,282.20 inclusive of VAT.
Fly-tips on council housing land
All fly-tips on council housing property are sent to the housing division to investigate and resolve.
Fly-tips containing hazardous waste
Hazardous waste is reported to the City of London to resolve.
Evidence and enforcement
Where evidence may be available of the fly-tipper, the report shall be passed onto the enforcement team to investigate further.
Should evidence be found then an enforcement case will be opened and you will be informed that your report has been past onto the enforcement team for further investigation.
We particularly focus on ‘rouge trader’ waste activities and local ‘hot spots’ where fly-tipping frequently re-occurs.