Bournemouth Council


Flytipping is when rubbish is dumped illegally

This includes items dumped outside neighbourhood recycling banks when they won’t fit in the bins.

If you want to report rubbish that's been dumped please use the 'Contact us' form at the bottom of the page, we just need to know where the item is and what it is.

We treat this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught illegally dumping any kind of waste.

If you have a large household item you want to get rid of, you can use the bulky goods waste collection service for white goods, electrical items and furniture.

You can also take household, garden and commercial waste to Millhams Community Recycling Centre.

How can I make sure my waste is not fly-tipped?

If you hire someone to take waste from your home or business you need to check they have a licence to carry waste. Ask them if they are registered and what their waste carrier’s licence number is, or you can check online. If they are not registered then they are not legally allowed to take your waste. If your waste is found to be dumped illegally, whether you know about it or not, you can be fined.

What happens to people who dump rubbish illegally?

Flytipping is a serious criminal offence and carries a fine of up to £20,000. You can even be sent to prison.

It is also an offence to allow flytipping if you know it’s going on.

If you allow your car or vehicle to be used for flytipping, even if you are not driving yourself, you can still be prosecuted. The Police have the power to seize vehicles used for flytipping.

What if I find rubbish that’s been dumped illegally?

Please don’t touch the rubbish, it may contain dangerous items.

Have a look at it, try to work out what has been dumped and how much there is.

Take note of its exact location and if it’s in or near water.

Do not disturb the site, there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.

What if I see someone flytipping?

Don’t put yourself in danger. But if possible, please make a note of:

  • The day, date and time
  • What you saw: How many people were flytipping? What did they look like? What they were doing?
  • What was tipped?
  • How much?
  • Any vehicles involved? Make, colour and registration number

Flytipping removal services for business

Subject to availability we can provide a service to business owners who have had rubbish flytipped on their private property. Contact us for for a quote or more details.


Contact Us


General Enquiries

01202 451199


Customer Services Centre

St Stephens Road


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