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What is Flytipping?

Flytipping is when rubbish is left dumped in a place by irresponsible offenders rather than being taken to an appropriate place for disposal. The flytipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £20,000 (unlimited if indicted to the Crown Court) or an offender can even be sent to prison. It is important to realise that it is also an offence to permit flytipping.

Flytipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. 

The Police have the power to seize vehicles used for flytipping.


How does the council deal with Flytipping?

We treat this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught flytipping waste.

In an effort to reduce the number of flytipping incidences, the Council provides a Bulky household goods collection service |for large items.


What should I do if I find some flytipped waste?

  • REPORT IT TO US via Customer Services on 451199 or the 

    Cleansing & waste team.

  • DO NOT TOUCH THE WASTE: flytipped waste can be dangerous - it may contain hazardous items such as syringes, broken glass, asbestos and toxic chemicals:
  • Visually inspect the waste: try to determine what the waste consists of and how much there is.
  • Take note of its exact location and also, whether it is in or near water
  • Do not disturb the site as there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.

What should I do if I see someone flytipping?

If possible, please make a note of:

  • The day, date and time you saw the tipping
  • What you saw: How many people were flytipping? What did they look like? What they were actually doing?
  • What was tipped?
  • How much?
  • What it looked like?
  • Any vehicles involved? - their make, colour and registration number.
Related Information


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St Stephens Road, Bournemouth, Dorset
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