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Report fly-tipping, public litter bin issues and littering

Find out about fly-tipping and littering and see how to report problems.


Fly-tipped waste generally consists of items of rubbish such as fridges, mattresses, builders rubble and tyres dumped illegally from a vehicle instead of being disposed of properly. Fly-tipping is expensive to remove and unsightly.​

Report fly-tipping

If you discover fly-tipped waste, please:

  1. Don't touch the waste. Fly-tipped waste can be dangerous. It may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous material. There may also be evidence that could help us identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution.
  2. Report the site to us using the online form below. Please provide as much information as possible, such as the location, the offender's address, vehicle registration and the time of the incident. We'll treat all information confidentially.
  3. Once you've reported fly-tipping, we'll visit the site and clear it away as soon as possible.

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What fly-tipping you can and can't tell us about

You can tell us about fly-tipping:

  • On any public land, such as roads, parks and town centres.
  • In rivers, streams or brooks.

You can't tell us about fly-tipping:

What you can do to help reduce fly-tipping

Please don't fly-tip. If you need to throw away large items, you can:

More information about tackling fly-tipping is available from the Environmental Agency.

Public litter bins and littering

We're responsible for ensuring the borough is kept as clean as possible. Enforcement Officers patrol the borough and issue on the spot notices of £75 to anyone caught littering.

Report litter problems or littering

Anything less than the size of a bin bag of waste can be classed as littering.

You can tell us about:

  • Littering on any public land, such as roads, parks and town centres.
  • An accumulation of litter.
  • One item of litter if you've evidence of the offender.
  • A public litter bin that's overflowing.
  • Litter on private land if the land doesn't belong to you. We can serve a notice to the land owner to clean up the litter.

You can't tell us about littering:

How often we empty public litter bins

This depends on the type of area and the frequency of usage. As a guideline we empty bins in town centres and shopping precincts and areas at least once a day. Through the knowledge and experience of our operatives who patrol the borough, we're able to ensure litter bins in other areas are emptied when required and visited at least fortnightly.

Where litter bins are located

We place bins of varying capacity around the borough depending on the levels of use and other factors. We've a rolling programme to ensure bins around shop fronts and town centres have the facility to easily dispose of cigarettes and chewing gum.

Related pages


​0300 303 8884

Fly-tipping phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5pm.
Bins and littering phone: Monday-Friday 8.30am-5.30pm. Closed for training Monday 11am-11.30am.

Environmental Management
Green Lane
Heywood OL10 2DY
(Postal address only)

Green Flag Award.

North West In Bloom.