Reporting fly-tipping issues

Fly-tipping is defined as 'the illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’.

Those found guilty of fly-tipping can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or a prison sentence. The law imposes a duty on householders to ensure that waste is disposed of properly and the London Borough of Bexley is issuing Fixed Penalty Notices of £400 for the unauthorised depositing of waste.

Report fly-tipping


You can also report fly-tipping to us on 020 8303 7777, or  

Fly-tipping enforcement

If you see waste which has been fly-tipped or witness someone in the act of fly-tipping, we will need to know the following information: which can be emailed separately to

Any vehicles which were involved in the fly-tipping (please take note of registration numbers, make of vehicle and any company names/logos)

  • where the waste has been fly-tipped (addresses and locations are always helpful)
  • what you witnessed (Were people seen? How many? What were they wearing?)
  • when you witnessed it (date and time)

We will also need:

  • your name
  • your address
  • a contact telephone number and/or email address

This information will only be seen by Council staff (we may need to contact you as part of our investigation). It will not be shared without your permission, but we may be unable to investigate without this information.

Fly-tipping in private alleyways

Private alleyways at the side of, or back onto houses or businesses are normally the responsibility of the householders/businesses to maintain and keep clean. The London Borough of Bexley can remove this type of waste to prevent rat infestation but can charge the owners for removal.

If you have problems with fly-tipping in your alleyway or experience anti-social behaviour, why not gate the alleyway which will stop any unauthorised access and improve security. Domestic waste can be taken free to Foots Cray and Thames Road reuse and recycling centres.

Householders'  duty of care

Waste not correctly disposed of and deposited on land is classed as fly-tipping and anyone found guilty can face fines of up to £50,000 or up to 12 months imprisonment through the Magistrates’ court.

Anyone who takes waste away for you must hold a Waste Carriers Licence and as a resident, you are responsible for making sure that you only employ someone that has a licence. Licences can be checked on the Environment Agency’s waste carriers register.