Last updated:

31st July 2023

Frequently asked questions - Fly tipping

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.

Any type of waste can be fly-tipped but it most commonly involves:

  • Furniture
  • Black bags of rubbish
  • Hedge/tree prunings
  • White goods (fridges/freezers)
  • DIY and construction waste

Why is fly-tipping a problem?

  • It’s a crime
  • It can pollute watercourses and land
  • It can be dangerous to animals and fish
  • It attracts vermin including rats and foxes
  • It looks unsightly
  • It attracts other rubbish
  • It undermines legitimate businesses.
  • It's expensive to clear up

Who deals with fly-tipping?

  • Public land - Wokingham Borough Council is responsible for clearing and investigating fly tipping on public land such our roads and parks
  • Private land - If fly tipping occurs on private land it is the responsibility of the landowner to remove it
  • Large-scale fly-tips (hazardous waste and organised waste crime gangs) - The Environment Agency investigates larger scale fly tips

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