The Environment Agency describes fly-tipping as the illegal dumping of waste. It can cause a range of problems for people, animals and the environment.
From 1 September we are introducing changes
to the household waste permit scheme. Find out more here
We encourage people to report fly-tipping as this helps us to
keep Northumberland clean.
Please click below to report a problem to us:
Report a fly-tipping problem
Report hazardous waste
Or you can contact
Please try to record as many details as possible so that the
fly-tipping incident can be dealt with as efficiently as possible.
For example, did you witness the fly tipping? Did you see any
vehicles involved? What kind of items have been tipped? Remember,
don’t try and move the items yourself as they could be
The Environment Agency advises the following:
“Before you take action, make sure it's safe to do so. Be
extremely careful. Some wastes can be hazardous. Do not open bags
or drums. Piles of soil may be contaminated or they may be hiding
dangerous material. Remember that fly-tippers are doing something
illegal - they are unlikely to welcome people observing them or
taking notes or photographs”
If fly-tipping is reported on land not within our control we
will try to contact the land owner responsible
Did you know?
- It is estimated to cost £100-£150 million every year to
investigate and clear up. The cost falls on taxpayers and private
- Fly-tipping poses a threat to humans and wildlife, damages our
environment, and spoils our enjoyment of our towns and
- Areas subject to repeated fly-tipping may suffer declining
property prices and local businesses may suffer as people stay
away” (Environment Agency).
Please click here for further information on fly-tipping from the
1. Use an Authorised Waste Carrier
It is possible to check whether or not the contractor you have
hired is listed as an Authorised Waste Carrier.
Please click here for further information on Authorised Waste
Carriers from the Environment Agency. Once on this page, please
click on Authorised Waste Carriers. Here you can check which
contractors in your area are registered to carry waste. You can
also ask your contractor for a waste carrier number.
2. Use our Household Waste Recovery Centres
Northumberland householders can use one of 12 Household Waste
Recovery Centres across the county to recycle and dispose of a wide
range of materials.
Please note these centres are for waste from Northumberland
householders only and some vehicles require a permit.
More information is available on the HWRC pages here.
3. Use the hazardous household waste collection
click here for further information on the hazardous household waste
collection service for Northumberland residents