Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish on land that is not a proper recycling centre
Rubbish dumped on public land
The council will collect rubbish on council land such as roads, pavements, public car park, green space or council housing estates.
Natural watercourses or rivers
Rubbish in water must be reported and removed by the Environment Agency »
Grand Union Canal and towpaths
The Canal and River Trust are responsible for removal of rubbish in or around canals and on tow paths.
Private property owners are responsible for their own land and its clearance of any fly tipping. The council will not normally remove items from private land unless in default of a legal notice and at the expense of the property owner. Wherever possible, evidence will be gathered to show who deposited the waste and formal actions through the courts will be taken.
If you wish to report flytipping (on private land or you have seen someone dumping rubbish) and you are able to provide information that can identify the person(s) responsible.
The following information will be requested:
- full description of the incident including the precise locations
- any vehicle registration numbers or identifying names or phone numbers
- the name and address of the person(s) tipping the waste, if you know it
- full description of the waste and whether you witnessed it actually being dumped
- whether you think it is likely to happen again
- any police reference numbers, if you have reported the incident to the police
- how the incident has affected you
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