Fly tipping is a serious problem, not just in Cannock Chase District but across the UK.  As well as pursuing fly-tippers, environmental health officers regularly trace fly-tipping back to households in Cannock Chase and further afield.  If you give your waste to someone without checking they are a registered waste carrier, you risk officers visiting your house, being questioned, being issued with a fixed penalty notice or even prosecuted.  Check that a waste carrier is registered online or by calling 08708 506 506

The Council uses a range of tactics to catch fly-tippers including searching waste for evidence, overt and covert surveillance, using waste tracking devices, stopping vehicles carrying waste and carrying out checks.  We also offer a reward of £250 to people who provide evidence that leads to a conviction. 

Fly-tippers face up to five years imprisonment, an unlimited fine, seizure and forfeiture of the vehicle and disqualification from driving.  

Report fly-tipping here.

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.  This could involve a single bin bag up to lorry loads of hazardous waste.  Fly-tipping occurs everywhere including country lanes, parks, behind shops, and in lay-bys.   


Fly-tipping can:

  • Cost money to remove, often money that could be spent on other public services
  • Be harmful to health
  • Pollute the environment
  • Lead to other crime, such as arson or more fly-tipping
  • Harm wildlife
  • Block roads
  • Attract pests such as rats and mice

Private Land

  • Where there is evidence, the Council will investigate fly-tipping that occurs anywhere in the District, regardless of whether it is on public or private land. 
  • However, the Council will not remove fly-tipping from private land.  This is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of the land.
  • There are circumstances where the Council will require the owner or occupier of the land to remove the fly-tipping.


Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence.  The penalties include: 

  • Imprisonment for up to five years
  • An unlimited fine
  • Seizure or forfeiture of the vehicle used to commit the offence
  • Disqualification from driving

For more information contact Environmental Health on 01543 462621 or email

Follow the SCRAP Code

If you are paying someone to dispose of waste, always to remember to follow the SCRAP code...

  • Suspect all waste carriers. Don't let them take your waste until they provide proof of being a registered waste carrier. Note their vehicle registration number.
  • Check that a waste carrier is registered online or by calling 08708 506 506.
  • Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
  • Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of - seek evidence of this.
  • Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
  • Remember your waste is your responsibility!
Report Waste Crime

If you witness a vehicle being used to fly-tip follow these instructions.

If the offence is in progress, and it is safe to do so, call 999.

If the fly-tipping has already occurred, and you have evidence to provide, contact the Council by calling 01543 462621, or emailing

You will need to provide:

  • The date and time of the offence
  • The location of the offence
  • The make, model, colour and registration number of the vehicle
  • A description of the people involved
  • A description of the waste

If you want to provide intelligence about people involved in fly-tipping, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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