In 2018 there were 926 recorded incidents of fly-tipping across our district. Because of the rising number of local fly-tips, we are working with councils across Cambridgeshire to tackle this.

Read more about our plans to tackle fly-tipping, including our mock fly-tip staged at Milton Park and Ride, in our news release.

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of items.

If your waste is fly tipped by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a fixed penalty notice of up to £400.

If you leave items:

  • beside street bins and recycling banks
  • on the floor of communal bin areas
  • outside closed recycling centres and charity shops

This is fly-tipping.

How you can prevent fly-tipping

Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure their household or business waste is disposed of correctly.

You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly-tipped by someone else on your behalf.

If it is your waste, it is your responsibility.

Always use a registered waste carrier to provide a skip and / or to collect your rubbish. Check the register of waste carriers on the Environment Agency website.

Follow the SCRAP code, read more about this on RECAP's website.

Reporting fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is illegal. If you witness someone fly-tipping, call the police on 999 and report it as a crime in progress. All instances of fly-tipping should be reported to us, whether you witnessed the fly-tipping take place or not.

Report fly-tipping


When you report the fly-tipping you must try to include the following:

  • Exact location
  • Date and time you discovered the fly-tipping
  • Details and photos of the items
  • Vehicle's registration number and other identifying features such as colour and model
  • Description of the fly-tipper(s) and the direction they were travelling

What can you do with your household waste?

Is your business disposing of its waste correctly?

Every business that produces waste in the UK has a legal 'duty of care' to:

  • manage it properly until it is recycled or disposed of
  • always use a registered waste carrier or register to carry your own waste
  • keep the correct paperwork for at least two years

Get a quote from our Commercial Waste service

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