Fly tipping hotline
About the scheme

Shop a tipper

City of Wolverhampton Council has launched a new campaign to encourage residents to report fly tippers to make them pay for their selfish criminal acts.

The campaign ‘Shop a tipper’ encourages residents who spot fly tippers to report the offender to the council for a £100 reward following the payment of a Fixed Penalty Notice or a successful prosecution.

The city council wants to put a stop to fly tipping and we need your help to catch the culprits to keep your city cleaner, greener and better.

The council is also working with its in-house waste services team to encourage residents to keep their street neat.

To report a fly tipper click here.


What is fly tipping?

Fly tipping is when waste is illegally dumped on roads or land which is not licensed for waste.

Fly tipped waste generally consists of materials such as household waste, large domestic items such as fridges and furniture, garden refuse, commercial waste, such as building rubble and soil, asbestos waste and tyres.

As well as blighting our streets, it may cause harm to our water supplies and the environment. It is also a risk to humans, wildlife and farm animals and spoils our enjoyment of the environment. Offenders can receive a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 if they are caught fly tipping.

At a time when the council has to cut budgets by £40-£50 million potentially over the next five years, we need to reduce unnecessary expenditure and need your help to support our campaign to clamp down on illegal behaviour which costs tax payers over £300k each year.

How we work
Step 1

A fly tipping issue is reported.

Step 2

This goes through to the Environmental Crime team to investigate. They aim to do this within 24 hours.

Step 3

The Environmental Crime team will visit the fly tip to investigate and gather evidence. Once they have done this they will arrange for the fly tip to be cleared.

Step 4

The evidence will be reviewed by the Environmental Crime team in order to pursue a prosecution. This will be a Fixed Penalty Notice.

Fly tipping hotspots

Top five fly tipping items

1. Bagged waste - 2. Furniture - 3. Mattresses
4. Fridge/Freezers - 5. Bulky Items

FAQs

What should I do when discovering fly tipping?

  • Do not touch or disturb the waste and keep away from it where possible.
  • From observation only, try to see what the waste consists of, take photographs if possible.
  • Note the exact location of the waste material and its surroundings such as whether or not it is in water or close to drainage.
  • Fly tips often contain evidence that can help identify the culprit and aid in their prosecution. Do not remove any evidence as it could damage any potential prosecution case taken by the council.
  • Finally, report the fly tipped waste to the council.

How can I dispose unwanted items?

If you need to dispose any unwanted furniture or items too large for your bin:

  • Visit one of our Household Recycling Centres
  • Book a bulky item collection
  • Hire a skip

How do I get a £100 Enjoy Wolverhampton gift card for reporting a fly tipper?

  • If you have evidence of fly tipper you can tell us here
  • If we feel that this evidence gives us enough information we will issues a Fixed Penalty Notice to the person responsible. In order to pursue a prosecution we may need you to complete a witness statement
  • Once the Fixed Penalty Notice is paid we will let you know and within 14 days you will receive your Enjoy Wolverhampton gift card
  • If the penalty isn’t paid we will take the matter to court. You may need to attend court to support the prosecution.
  • If we do need you attend court we will make sure all your expenses are paid.

Why are you acting now?

Fly tipping is a priority issue for both communities and Council services. Over 4,000 fly tips are reported to the Council each year with over 1824 Environmental Crime service requests for fly tip investigations. Now waste services are in house we are able to work in a holistic ways across services to ensure that we are both remove fly tipping quickly but also ensure as many fly tips as possible result in a fixed penalty notice.


Will I need to go to court as a witness?

If the penalty isn’t paid, we will take the matter to court. You may need to attend court to support the prosecution.

If we do need you attend court, we will make sure all your expenses are paid.

Latest News
City fly tipper left carless after illegally dumping waste - Friday, January 18, 2019

Martin Lewis, City of Wolverhampton Council Compliance Officer, Tolley Shane James, HGV Recovery Driver, sand Lisa Marie Anderson, City of Wolverhampton Council District Officer, with the seized vehicleAs part of its tough new approach to fly tipping, City of Wolverhampton Council has seized a vehicle used to carry out multiple fly tips across the city.

The vehicle has today been seized at Chetwynd Road, Wolverhampton at its registered address and currently being held as evidence.

The vehicle has been reported to have been used in several fly tipping incidents including a number of visits to fly tipping hotspot Drayton Street, Wolverhampton.

The council has a right to seize any vehicle suspected of involvement in fly-tipping, under the Control of Waste (dealing with seized property) Regulations 2015.

Councillor Steve Evans, Cabinet Member for City Environment at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “Fly tipping is a serious crime that will not be tolerated.

“This is the first time we have been able to use these new powers to seize a vehicle used for fly tipping and it won’t be the last.

“We are committed to tackling fly tippers and will take all necessary measures to stop this criminal behaviour and to keep Wolverhampton a clean and attractive place to live, work and visit.”

The City Council has contacted the registered keeper for an interview under caution regarding the fly tipping and to claim the vehicle. If the registered keeper does not come forward to claim the vehicle the Council will keep it to sell or dispose.

The seizure follows the launch of the City Council’s ‘Keep Your Street Neat’ campaign which is clamping down on fly tippers.

Report it

You can help reduce fly tipping by always using a registered waste disposal company and reporting any fly tipping in your area.

If you spot a fly tip or have some information relating to one, please fill out the form below or call 01902 555685 to report this to our team immediately.

Details we need:

  • The date, time and place of the occurrence
  • What the waste looks like and how much there is
  • A description of any vehicles involved (including the vehicles registration numbers)
  • A name or description of any persons involved in the offence.
  • Any photographic or CCTV evidence would be a bonus.

Don't worry if you can't get all the information above, any details you provide in your report could still help in the prosecution of the culprits responsible. Never put yourself at risk by confronting the offenders.

If you provide us with the information that leads to a fine or prosecution you will get a £100 Enjoy Wolverhampton gift card for your co-operation.


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Are you a reporting a fly tipper or a site where a tip has occured?


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