Report fly-tipping

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste or bulky items on land that is not licensed to receive it.

This also includes domestic waste dumped near or next to public litter bins.

It is a serious criminal offence that can result in unlimited fines and/or a prison sentence.

Our approach to fly-tipping

The council takes fly-tipping seriously. Trained teams monitor fly-tipping hotspots and take action based on direct reporting from the public.

Residential social landlord tenants should report fly-tipping through their tenancy agency. 

The council will only remove fly-tipping from public land, landowners are responsible for private land.  

What to do if you discover fly-tipped waste

Fly-tipped waste can be dangerous. If you find waste that has been dumped illegally, you should:

  • make sure you do not touch the waste or remove any items as they could contains hazards such as asbestos or syringes
  • make a note of what you can see, the date, time, and location
  • report the incident to the council

If you witness someone fly-tipping, do not approach the offender. Instead you should:

  • make note of what has been dumped
  • note the location of the offence 
  • take pictures if possible and safe to do so

Reporting fly-tipping

You can report fly-tipping using our online form, or by calling the contact centre on 01633 656656.

Trained enforcement officers will review the report and contact you if more information is needed.

The council will handle the report promptly and in accordance with legislation. If hazardous materials are found, the area will be secured and safe removal arranged.

Prosecution of fly-tipping offenders

The council is committed to prosecuting fly-tipping offenders that are caught dumping waste on public land.

All illegal waste deposits are examined for evidence before appropriate enforcement actions are taken. These include fixed penalty notices or prosecution.

Private contract removal of waste

Before having waste removed, you should:

  • check your private contractor is legally registered to do so by asking to see a waste carriers licence
  • check the contractors details and keep a record in case your waste is found dumped illegally
  • make sure you have a copy of the waste transfer note

You can use the Natural Resources Wales website to check all the details listed above.

If you have your rubbish removed and it ends up being fly-tipped, you could be held responsible and fined.

Street cleaning 

Request street cleaning

We will be cleaning various streets across Newport. Work in each street will take around one hour to complete.

Please do not park in these streets at these times, to allow us to carry out this work.

If you would like to arrange a community clean up, you must provide us with at least 1 months’ notice. 

You can contact the team by emailing [email protected].

Tyre tagging scheme

Report incorrect disposal of tyres

Working in partnership with Natural Resources Wales, the tyre tagging scheme aims to reduce fly-tipping in Newport.

Garages will mark their tyres with a code if these tyres are dumped, they can be traced back to the person who collected them.

All businesses have a duty to ensure that their waste doesn’t end up in the wrong hands.

Business owners should ask:

  • if their contractor is registered to carry waste
  • where the tyres will be taken that should have a waste permit
  • for a transfer note, this will say where the waste has gone