Report flytipping and find out how to get rid of waste legally.
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.
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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, all flytipping on Lewisham Homes estates is the responsibility of Lewisham Homes. 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
The flytipping of controlled waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment upon conviction at the magistrates court.
If indicted to the crown court the fine is unlimited and/or a sentence of up to 5 years imprisonment can be imposed. It is also an offence to knowingly cause or permit controlled waste to be flytipped and this carries the same penalties as above.
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.