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Find information about flytipping, how to report it and our responsibilities as householders and businesses to dispose of waste legally.

Flytipping is the illegal dumping of household or trade waste.

Report flytipping

If flytipping is in a dangerous place or is causing obstruction to a highway, please contact the police.

What information will you be asked for?

  • If you witness the offence and it is safe to do so, take a note of the vehicle make, model, colour and registration number, what was dumped and a description of the flytippers.

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

​Flytipping removal

​We aim to investigate and remove flytipped rubbish from our land and open spaces within 24 hours of being notified, when it's practical to do so. We will also prosecute flytippers if there is sufficient evidence.

Getting rid of waste responsibly - your duty of care

Everyone, householder and business, has a responsibility to make sure waste is disposed of correctly. The duty of care lasts from the moment the waste is produced to when it's received by a business that is authorised to deal with it.

See Keep Britain Tidy's #CrimeNotToCare campaign for more details on 'duty of care'.

Penalties for flytipping

If your waste is flytipped and is traced back to you, you could be taken to court and prosecuted. The maximum fine is up to £50,000. You can also be issued with a £400 on-the-spot Fixed Penalty Notice for flytipping. 

Vehicle seizures

Any vehicle(s) used for flytipping or waste crime offences can be seized by us and held for up to 15 working days. See our Statutory Notices page for details of current vehicle seizures. 

To avoid getting into this situation, follow the advice below.

Householder advice

Business advice

If you suspect someone of  being an illegal or unregistered waste carrier, call the Crimestoppers hotline on 0800 555 111 or use the Crimestoppers: online contact form.

'Operation Stop It!' flytipping campaign

As part of a multi-agency, partnership approach, we are working with Durham Constabulary, the Environment Agency and Crimestoppers to reduce flytipping in County Durham. The  was launched in November 2014. The aim is to educate residents, trades people and businesses on their waste 'Duty of Care' in correct waste disposal and enforce against those who dump waste illegally.

Keep Britain Tidy Network Awards 2017 - Campaign of the Year 2017

Operation Stop It! recently celebrated being awarded Keep Britain Tidy's Campaign of the Year 2017 for its innovative measures in reducing flytipping and disposal costs.

What are we doing to tackle flytipping in County Durham?

  • Issuing on-the-spot £400 Fixed Penalty Notices
  • Seizing vehicles, for up to 15 working days, if they're used for flytipping or waste crime offences
  • Additional CCTV cameras installed in flytipping hotspot areas.
  • Improved investigation procedures and techniques to trace flytipping back to the culprit.
  • Increased prosecutions through the Magistrates' Courts to deter people from dumping waste.
  • Publicising flytipping prosecutions/CCTV footage via press releases and on social media to deter other people from dumping waste and/or operating as unlicensed waste carriers. See Environment news for details. 
  • Regular 'Stop and check' operations carried out by Neighbourhood wardens and Durham Constabulary to check waste carriers are licensed. 
  • Reminders to waste carriers that they must be licensed to collect, carry, transport and dispose of waste in their possession. 
  • Ongoing communication to trades people and businesses on how to dispose of commercial waste correctly.
  • Education and engagement to advise residents about a wide range of reuse/recycling options
  • Advice to members of the public to always ask to see a Waste Carrier's Licence when using a private waste company or 'man with a van' to get rid of waste
  •   Icon for pdf A guide to help stop flytipping (PDF, 621.1kb)  provided to all residents in the county, advising them how to get rid of waste within the law and to report anyone suspected of being an unlicensed waste carrier.

Further information

Please contact us.

In partnership with

  • Crimestoppers
  • Durham Constabulary
  • Environment Agency
  • Operation Stop It
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