Dumping waste where it is not allowed is a criminal offence:
- it carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or one year imprisonment
- a serious case that goes to the Crown Court carries an unlimited fine and a prison term of up to five years
- you will be open to investigation and prosecution if you give permission for fly-tipping to occur on land you are responsible for
- you can be prosecuted if you are the registered keeper of a vehicle used for fly-tipping
Tips to avoid being responsible for fly-tipping:
- check the Public Register that the person taking your waste is licensed
- ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number
- ask to see the waste carrier's licence and take a photo of it
- make sure that the waste carrier provides you with a waste transfer notice
- if you are using a builder, make sure it is clear in your contract who is responsible for removing the waste
Large items of waste can be taken away by the Surrey Reuse Network. Visit our bulky waste page for details.
Reporting fly-tipped material
If you witness fly-tipping or fly-tipped rubbish, please call Neighbourhood Services or complete our online form immediately.
All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially. To help investigations, please try to record:
- registration number, colour and make of the vehicle
- time seen
- what has been fly-tipped
- is it tipped on the footpath, carriageway or public highway
- description and number of people fly-tipping
- photos (if you have them)
Fly-tipping in the road
Report fly-tipping in the road
Fly-tipping in the road should be reported to Surrey County Council online.
Material dumped on private land is the land owner's responsibility and they will need to clear the waste.
Information about large fly-tipped waste may be forwarded to the Environment Agency. They can be contacted on 0370 850 6506.