Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping spoils our beautiful countyside, creates a hazard for wildlife and costs hundreds of thousands of pounds to clear up and dispose of. If caught flytipping your rubbish you could get a fine of up to £50,000 and/or a prison term of up to 5 years. Oxfordshire councils work hard to reduce fly tipping through enforcement action, CCTV and education.

Where fly-tipping is still a problem, the rubbish is often household rubbish that rogue traders have taken and then later dumped instead of disposing of properly.

Recycling bring bank sites, located on housing estates or supermarket car parks, are often popular spots for fly tipping. If the bins are full please take your waste home with you and report it to the relevant district council on the numbers further down the page.

How you can help

If someone else offers to take your rubbish away to get rid of, whether you pay them or not, you need to make sure you know where it’s going and that the person taking it away has a licence to carry waste. You can check that they have a Waste Carrier’s Licence on the Government's website.

If your rubbish ends up being fly-tipped you could be interviewed under caution and later prosecuted. If you take down a few basic details before you pass on your rubbish you could help with any potential fly-tipping investigation, and show you complied with the law:

  • Ask to see their Waste Carrier’s Licence
  • Write down details of the waste they are taking, or even better take a photograph
  • Take down the vehicle details, including the registration number
  • If you pay them, get a receipt and check that their details are on it

Don't forget that most household waste can be disposed of at your local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Visit Oxfordshire County Council's HWRC web pages for more information. Your local district council will also collect bulky waste from your home (there may be a charge for this).

To report fly tipping contact the relevant district council below:

What happens to your waste?

Nick Daykin

Nick Daykin, Thames area Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency explains how you can ensure your waste doesn't end up flytipped. Read his blog