Dumping waste where it's not allowed, or allowing others to do so, is a criminal offence. You could face very large fines and even be sent to prison
But we're cracking down on this crime and doing everything we can to catch the people who are turning our streets and countryside into dumping grounds for their rubbish.
Report fly-tipping on publicly owned land, including roads and lay-bys to us by calling 0191 433 7000 or
For larger scale incidents of fly-tipping, including involving hazardous waste please contact the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60
What to do if you discover fly-tipping
If you discover fly-tipped waste, there are some do's and don'ts:
Do not approach anyone fly tipping.
Visually inspect the waste but do not touch it.
Do not disturb the site.
Don't ignore it - Report it!
It is important to write down any details as soon as possible. To assist us in enforcement, if you witness an illegal tipping, please make note of the registration number of any vehicles, the time and date. if the vehicle has a company's details displayed, please also note name and telephone of the company - the more information the better.
What we do:
We use state of the art CCTV to catch offenders which can operate over any distance and send images within seconds to a computer or a mobile phone.
We have a team of people who actively investigate all reported incidents and are trained in evidence gathering and incident reporting to help catch those responsible.
What you can do:
If you're doing DIY make sure the builders, plumbers or electricians you use dispose your waste responsibly
Make sure all your rubbish is kept secure until it's collected
If you are disposing of waste.
If you use a private waste clearance company:
Ask to see their Waste Carriers Certificate. They must be registered to take your waste away.
Ask the company where they intend to take the waste - it should only be to an authorised site.
Ask the company for documentary evidence. If you are a business, you must have a Duty of Care Transfer Note.
Registered Waste Carriers can be checked at the Public Registers of the Environment Agency
Bulky waste collections
Household waste and recycling centres
You can of course take your waste to one of our household waste and recycling centres yourself. If it fits into an ordinary car, people carrier or four-wheeled drive with windows, you can leave it for free. If you need to use a van, trailer or pick up truck, you need to apply for a permit - call us for details.
This is not applicable for business waste
Could your old furniture be re-used by someone else?
If it's in working order and a decent condition, why not find it a new home in the community?
To arrange a free collection call:
Foundations Furniture: 0191 460 0978
The Furniture Recycling Network: 0117 954 3571