Fly tipping

Dumping waste where it is not allowed is a criminal offence. We treat this problem very seriously and will prosecute anyone who is caught. There could be a large fine or imprisonment.

Please remember that:

  • fly tipping carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or one year imprisonment
  • a serious case that goes to Crown Court carries an unlimited fine and a prison term of up to five years
  • if you give permission for fly tipping to occur on land you are responsible for, you will be open to investigation and prosecution
  • if you are the registered keeper of a vehicle used for fly tipping, you can be prosecuted. This means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable

Here are some tips

  • ensure that any person who takes your waste is licensed - check the register at www.gov.uk/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information
  • 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
  • ensure that the waste carrier provides you with a waste transfer notice
  • if you are using a building, ensure it is clear in your contract who is responsible for removing the waste

Preventing fly tipping

Remember that large items of waste can be taken away by Surrey Reuse Network. Further information can be found on the bulky waste page.

Reporting fly tipped material

Please call Neighbourhood Services or complete our online form.

If you witness fly tipping or fly tipped rubbish; any information that you can provide will greatly help us in our fight against this illegal activity.

To help investigations it would be useful if you could record the details and report them immediately:

  • registration number of vehicle
  • colour of vehicle
  • make of vehicle
  • time
  • number of people involved
  • what has been fly tipped
  • is it tipped on the footpath or carriageway
  • is it public highway
  • description of persons seen fly tipping

All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially. If you can take photos (eg camera phones) please do so.

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.