What is fly tipping?
Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste that might include general household rubbish, larger household items e.g. mattresses and fridges, garden refuse or commercial waste.
Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if dealt with by the Crown Court). Offenders can be sent to prison for up to five years.
Oldham Council treats this issue very seriously and will prosecute anyone caught fly tipping.
Disposing of your waste
It is also an offence to give your waste to a person that doesn’t have the proper license. So if you need to get any waste removed make sure you check that the person/company has a Waste Carriers Licence.
If you need to dispose of extra household rubbish or recycling, you can:
- take it to your local tip for free
- arrange a bulky collection with us. Call us on 0161 770 6644 to book your collection
Report fly tipping
You can report fly tipping by calling us on 0161 770 2244 or you can complete our online form.
To help us to clear up the waste as quickly as possible, we will need certain information from you:
- The location of the waste
- A description of it e.g. is it a fridge, a pile of bags or dumped rubbish
- Any information you may have about how the waste got there
What happens when you report fly tipping?
First, an enforcement officer will investigate the issue within 5 working days.
Following investigation, the Environmental Services Department will remove the waste within 20 working days.
Hazardous waste and major fly tipping incidents
The Environment Agency investigates larger scale fly tips involving hazardous waste and organised crime gangs.