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Flytipping is the illegal dumping of waste, items or materials. This would include anything from putting a TV on the pavement to dumping a van's contents in the countryside.

What flytipping is

Some people may not think they are doing anything wrong when they flytip but it is a criminal offence which can carry an unlimited fine.

Flytipping is unattractive, can cause obstructions and can lead to a build up of other waste. The following are all examples of flytipping.

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Putting items on the public highway

If you put any items on the pavement for others to pick up and reuse (including electrical items, furniture etc) you are flytipping. These items should be kept on your property and advertised through signs, newspapers or websites.

Some companies and charities collect items from you for free. You can find examples of these on our waste links page. Alternatively, you can take the items to one of the recycling centres or use our bulky waste collection service.

Putting items by communal bins or in refuse areas

Putting items including furniture, electrical items and appliances by communal bins, wheelie bins or in other refuse areas is fly-tipping. These items cannot be collected with normal household refuse and must be reused, recycled or disposed of in a legal and safe way. This can be done through our recycling centres or our bulky waste collection service.

Someone else flytipping your waste

If you give your waste to someone else to dispose of and it is flytipped, you could be held responsible. Any company carrying or disposing of waste must have a waste carriers licence and you can check they have this through the Environment Agency's waste carrier's public register

What we can do

All of the recycling, refuse and street cleaning managers and team leaders are trained to take enforcement action against anyone who breaks the law. This means we are able to deal with flytippers through fines and court action, helping our city stay clean.

We are responsible for education, engagement and enforcement activities. In 2014/15 officers issued 439 written warnings, 10 verbal warnings and gave site advice to 27 businesses in relation to waste issues. Eighty fixed penalty notices were issued.

We are able to gather evidence through witness statements, video footage, vehicle number plates, addresses and flytipped materials. If you see any flytipped items, please fill in our report form.

Please bear in mind that we are only able to remove fly-tips on public land. We can investigate but are not able to remove anything from private land as this is down to the land owner.

You can find out here more information on what enforcement action we have taken this year.

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