Fly-tipping is the illegal deposit of any waste dumped on to any land or highway not licensed to accept it. Wastes include general household waste, larger domestic items i.e. fridges and furniture etc, garden refuse, commercial waste such as builders rubble and soil, clinical waste and tyres.
Gloucestershire County Council and the Forest of Dean District Council provide waste disposal sites and recycling centres where you can safely and legally dispose of unwanted items. Use this link for more information on waste and recycling.
The council also provides a good quality furniture recycling and bulky items collection service. This service is able to take bulky household items such as three piece suites, fridges, freezers, metal goods and many other types of household furniture.
What to do if you discover fly-tipped waste
- DO NOT touch the waste - it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
- DO NOT disturb the site - there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution
- DO visually try to work out what the waste consists of and how much there is
- DO make a note of the day, date and time you saw the tipping incident, its exact location and whether it is in or near water
If you see someone fly-tipping make a note of:
- how many people are involved and what they look like
- what has been tipped - how much and what it looks like
- details of any vehicles involved including make, colour and registration number if possible
How to report fly-tipping