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Illegal dumping


Flytipping (also known as Illegal Dumping) is the illegal deposit of any waste on land that has no licence to accept it.  This land can include parks, streets, roads, laybys, verges, wooded areas and fields.

Flytipping can be hazardous to people and animals.  It can also be unsightly, dangerous, cause environmental damage and costs Fife Council Tax payers considerable sums to clean up.

Types of waste can include:

  • bags of household waste
  • mattresses
  • white goods
  • tyres
  • furniture
  • construction/building/tradesmen materials
  • grass/tree/hedge cuttings

Fife Council will:

  • Investigate illegally dumped waste and use available evidence to find and prosecute those responsible
  • Remove any waste from public land
  • Make hazardous waste safe until it can be removed

People who dump waste illegally can be the subject of a fixed penalty fine of £200 but more serious cases can be reported to the Procurator Fiscal and may incur fines up to £40,000 or even imprisonment.

Flytipping can be reported to us by completing our online form below. We aim to respond within 24 hours if the items could cause damage to the public, wildlife or the environment. In all other circumstances, we will attend within three working days.

If you have any information that may help us deal with offenders or incidents of flytipping, you can also report this to us using the following methods:

Don’t dump your waste, dispose of it responsibly.  If you require to dispose of waste you can:

Never give waste to anyone who doesn’t have a Waste Carriers Registration Certificate as they may illegally dump it and you could be the one that’s prosecuted.

For information on Recycling and Waste for Residents of Fife please see Household recycling

Private Landowners

If you are a landowner, it is your responsibility to remove waste that has been illegally dumped on your land and dispose of it responsibly. For advice on preventing flytipping, please contact us using the above noted methods or visit: