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Flytipping and litter

What is flytipping?

Flytipping is the illegal deposit of controlled waste on any land and is a criminal offence. Controlled waste includes any unwanted material produced by a household or business, including:

  • Garden waste 
  • Construction waste 
  • Soil 
  • Furniture 
  • Liquids

Anyone, including householders, caught flytipping can be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, with the maximum penalty being a £50,000 fine and/or five years imprisonment.

Depositing waste on the ground outside the gates of a household waste recycling centre, whether the site is open or closed, is also legally defined as flytipping. If caught doing this, people can expect to have enforcement action taken against them.

How to report flytipping

  • If the flytipping is on the public highway or public land, contact your local district council which will investigate the incident and arrange for the waste to be cleared.  Use the links on the right of this page to find out how to report it to your local district council. 
  • If the flytipping is outside a household waste recycling centre or at a supplementary service location, contact Environmental Management at Lincolnshire County Council on 01522 782070. 
  • If you believe the flytipping to be hazardous waste or causing pollution, contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 807060. 
  • If you witness anyone flytipping, please record as many details as possible to pass on to the authorities listed above.  Vehicle type, colour and registration number including the date and time of the incident are particularly helpful.
  • If possible, try to record a physical description of the person flytipping but do not approach them.

Further guidance for landowners, businesses and members of the public can be found on the Environment Agency website.


Under the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, district councils have a duty to keep areas free from littering.

It costs tens of thousands of pounds per year to pick up the litter dropped across Lincolnshire.

Under the Code of Practice on Litter and Refuse, district councils have a duty to keep areas free from littering. As a part of this duty, districts have become pro-active in tackling this issue, including the use of on-the-spot fines for offenders.

Litter collection, and the provision of litter bins, is the responsibility of the district or borough council, not the county council. 

For further information, or to report a problem please contact the districts directly:

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Last updated: 22 September 2017

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