Fly-tipping is the dumping of rubbish or unwanted items on land that is not licensed to accept it. 

If you think rubbish has been dumped illegally in a public area then you can report it to us.

To report fly-tipping in Medway tell us:

  • where the fly-tipping is happening or has happened
  • what the rubbish is and the amount of it
  • if known, a description of the person fly-tipping or the registration number of any vehicle that was involved (this makes it possible to trace and prosecute the fly-tippers)

We may also set up special surveillance in areas which are regularly fly-tipped.

When waste is deposited on council owned land, we aim to remove as soon as possible and will prioritise the removal based on location, risk, ease of removal, and available resources. Sometimes the removal will be delayed, this could be due to hazardous materials within the waste or the need to use a specialist contractor due to scale of the deposit. Please be patient while we investigate and arrange to dispose of fly-tipped waste safely. 

You may be asked to make a witness statement so that we can take legal action against the offender. Please be reassured that all information you provide is treated as confidential. By providing your details you can give officers information that could prevent any recurrence. All information is useful to our investigations. By supporting our investigation and providing a statement we are more likely to secure a prosecution at court. 

We are not able to collect rubbish that has been dumped on private land, such as a farm field, although we will still investigate.

Report fly-tipping

How to report fly-tipping

In this short video, we explain how to report fly-tipping online and what we do when we get your report.

Do not fly-tip

Everyone has a legal responsibility to dispose of waste properly. Fly-tipping looks unsightly, can present a hazard to the public, can pollute the land and watercourses, and costs tax-payers significant amounts of money to clear it away.

All waste must be dealt with by a registered carrier. If someone claims to be registered but you are unsure, call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and request an instant Waste Carrier Validation. You can also use the Environment Agency's website.

Additionally, our Fair Trader scheme offers a list of Trading Standards-accredited businesses, all of which have trade waste agreements, including companies that specialise in waste disposal.

For large or bulky items, you can book a standard collection for £21 or an express (quicker) collection for £39. We will take up to 3 items per collection which now includes certain large electrical items.

You can also take your household rubbish to any of the 3 household waste sites and recycling centres.

Fly-tipping on land which is private is the responsibility of the land owner or owners who, in certain circumstances, can be made to clear away the rubbish.

On successful prosecution, magistrates courts can impose fines up to £50,000 and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. If the case is taken to crown court, the fines can be unlimited and / or a prison sentence of up to five years can be imposed.

Vehicles used for fly-tipping can be seized by the local authority or the police.