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Fly-tipping

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish. It is a criminal act, and can result in an unlimited fine and imprisonment.

Removing rubbish

Walsall Council will remove fly-tipped rubbish on public land.

The Canal and River Trust deals with problems on canal towpaths.

The Environment Agency deals with large-scale fly-tipping, hazardous waste and fly-tipping by organised gangs.

If you are a landowner, you are normally responsible for removing rubbish on your land. Walsall Council and the Environment Agency have legal powers to enforce this.

Penalties

If convicted in a Magistrates’ Court, you could face a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months imprisonment for fly-tipping. A Crown Court can set unlimited fines and up to 5 years imprisonment.

You could also have your vehicle seized.

We can issue fixed penalty notices (FPNs) for breaches of the household waste duty of care. This includes giving your rubbish to an unlicensed waste carrier, which is then fly-tipped. FPN limits are set by the government, and can be up to £400.

Find out more about FPNs and your duty of care on the government's website.

Report a problem

Do not touch fly-tipped rubbish as it may include material that is dangerous. Report the problem to us using our online form, and include the following information:

  • the location of the fly-tip (you can use a lamppost number as a reference if this is on the street) 
  • the amount and type of rubbish

Report fly-tipping

You can report an environmental incident to the Environment Agency.

If you discover fly-tipping on a canal towpath, you should report it to the Canal and River Trust.

Walsall's Most Wanted

You can help to prosecute fly-tippers as part of our Walsall’s Most Wanted campaign. 

If you respond to one of our live appeals with information that leads to a successful prosecution, you could receive a £500 reward.

For your own safety, you should report the offence rather than trying to tackle it yourself.

See our live appeal

How to deal with extra waste

You can: