Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste


Fly-tipping is a criminal offence.

Examples of fly-tipping include:

  • dumping waste on land where there is no waste management licence, including public highways
  • leaving rubbish or waste outside household waste recycling centres
  • giving your waste to someone else to fly-tip
  • allowing waste to be dumped on your own property

The police and local authorities take action against any householder or business who illegally disposes of their waste, or who does not ensure that their waste is collected by a registered waste service firm.

Fly-tipping is not the same as littering.  Litter include materials that are improperly discarded in small volumes.  For example: cigarette butts, confectionary wrappers, drink cans, and fast food packaging.

Report fly-tipping

Report fly-tipping to your local city, borough, or district council:

 District Phone
Basingstoke and Deane 01256 844844
East Hampshire 01730 266551
Eastleigh 023 8068 8000
Fareham 01329 236100
Gosport 0800 198 598
Hart 01252 622122
Havant 02392 446019
New Forest 02380 285000
Portsmouth 02392 834092
Southampton 02380 833000
Rushmoor 01252 398399
Test Valley 01264 368000
Winchester 0300 300 0013
Your responsibility as an individual

You are legally responsible for any household waste produced on your property or where you live. This responsibility is called your "duty of care".

You face an unlimited fine if:

  • your waste ends up fly-tipped, and
  • you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it

You must ensure waste is only given to a registered waste carrier or taken to a registered waste site. If you are using a waste carrier to remove household, garden or construction waste, ask to see their waste carrier licence.

You can check their waste carrier licence number on the Environment Agency register of waste carriers.

Always ask a carrier what exactly is going to happen to your waste and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of in a lawful way. A professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to reasonable questions.

Make sure you get a proper invoice and receipt for your waste and keep it as proof.

Your responsibility as a business

Your business is legally responsible for its waste until you recycle or dispose of it. This includes all storage and handling costs. This responsibility is called your "duty of care".

You must:

You have extra responsibilities if you’re dealing with hazardous waste.

You face an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

More about business waste and your responsibilities

Action on fly-tipping in Hampshire

The County Council is working in partnership with local city, borough, and district councils, and other organisations including:

  • Environment Agency
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • National Farmers Union
  • CLA (membership organisation for owners of land, property and business)
  • National Park Authorities
    Forestry Commission

Our aim is to reduce fly-tipping through increased prosecutions, improved reporting, and education.
A strategy and action plan was approved in March 2017.

Other organisations