Let's SCRAP fly tipping

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 £400 fixed penalty notice or an unlimited fine.

Fly tipping can be classed as leaving items:

  • beside street bins and recycling banks
  • on the floor of communal bin areas
  • outside closed recycling centres and charity shops
  • on roads, paths and in the countryside.


Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure your 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's your waste, it's your responsibility.

  • Suspect all waste carriers - don't let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration and note their vehicle's registration plate.
  • Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
  • Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
  • Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of - seek evidence of this.
  • Paperwork must be obtained - a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.

Let’s SCRAP fly tipping

The West Sussex Waste Partnership - formed of the County Council and all the district and borough councils in West Sussex - is working alongside the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, the Environment Agency and others, in order to highlight the problems that fly tipping causes. We also want to help residents to avoid you contributing to fly tipping within West Sussex.

Report fly tipping