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Report a flytip

Report flytipping and find out how to get rid of waste legally.

Report flytipping

To report flytipping on a map or on your mobile use FixMyStreet:

You can also report flytipping using our online form:

Find out what you can do if you have information about who is flytipping

What to do if you see flytipping

  • Do not touch the waste: flytipped waste can be dangerous – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances.

  • Inspect the waste: try to find out what the waste consists of and how much there is.

  • Note its exact location and whether it is in or near water.

  • Do not disturb the site: there may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution. 

>> Report flytipping now using our quick online form

How to get rid of waste legally

Flytipping on private land

We only clear flytipping from public areas, such as roads. If flytipping occurs on private property, it is the responsibility of the occupier or owner of the property to clear it.

If you want to report flytipping on private land (that is not yours), please contact us on 020 8314 2170 or via e-mail.

We will then investigate and if necessary, enforce removal of the waste by the occupier or owner of the property. However, this may mean the serving of a formal enforcement notice and therefore removal may take some time.

Flytipping on Lewisham Homes estates

As of 1 April 2016, Lewisham Homes is responsible for all flytipping on Lewisham Homes estates. Lewisham Homes will remove flytipping at the earliest possible opportunity. To log a complaint about flytipping, please call 0800 028 2028 and select option 5. Visit the Lewisham Homes website to find out more.

Flytipping and the law

Flytipping controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which could carry:

  • an unlimited fine

  • 12 months imprisonment upon conviction at a magistrates court

  • up to five years imprisonment at a crown court.

If you knowingly cause or permit flytipping of controlled waste you may receive the same penalties.

Flytipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles. In this case, the person controlling the use of the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable. The police also have the powers to seize vehicles used for flytipping.