Fly-tipping

Find out how to report fly-tipping and prevent your rubbish being fly-tipped by others.

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. It is punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment and possibility of an unlimited fine on conviction.

Fly-tipping:

  • can seriously pollute watercourses and contaminate land.
  • can endanger human health, wildlife and livestock.
  • is unsightly, spoiling our communities and the quality of life for local residents.
  • is seen as a major problem by over three quarters of landowners and affects 67% of farmers.
  • undermines legitimate businesses who are undercut by illegal operators.
  • encourages others to dump more waste.

Collection of fly-tipped rubbish on the ground outside

Prevent fly-tipping

Tip-Off logo

If you are a householder, landowner or run a business, you have a legal responsibility to make sure your waste isn't fly-tipped.

Householders should always check waste is being disposed of by a registered waste carrier. You can check the register of waste carriers on the EA website here.

If waste is dumped on private land, landowners have to clear it at their own expense.

Find out how to prevent fly-tipping

Report fly-tipping

Contact the authorities

Your local waste collection authority clears fly-tipping on public land. Contact your local district or borough council:

Council website Contact
Babergh District Council 0300 123 4000 (option 7)/ Report it online
East Suffolk Council 0333 016 2000 / Report it online
Ipswich Borough Council 01473 433115 / Report it online
Mid Suffolk District Council 0300 123 4000 (option 7)/ Report it online
West Suffolk Council 01284 763233 / customer.services@westsuffolk.gov.uk

Alternatively, you can report bigger incidents of fly-tipping by calling the Environment Agency's 24 hour Hot Line on 0800 807 060. They investigate incidents with a greater potential to cause harm to human health and damage to the environment. 

Any information you supply will be treated in strictest confidence in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

Tips for reporting

Witnesses are vitally important in enabling action to be taken against people who fly-tip rubbish.

It will be useful for you to record the following information: 

  1. Time and date of incident
  2. Description of person(s) dumping rubbish
  3. Description of vehicle(s) involved, including registration numbers
  4. Description of the rubbish dumped
  5. Photographs can also be very useful, but only if it is safe to do so

Keep any notes you make at the time, even scribbled ones, as they can be very valuable as evidence.

Stay safe – do not confront fly-tippers.

Do not look for clues in the waste yourself, as there may be harmful items hidden in it.