Newcastle City Council, as part of the Keep It Clean campaign, encourages the public to report fly-tipping so that we can take action.

Fly-tipping is a crime which carries serious penalties. In Crown Court the maximum penalty is 5 years jail and/or an unlimited fine. In the Magistrates’ Court, persons convicted of fly-tipping can be fined an unlimited amount, jailed for 12 months, or sent to the Crown Court for more severe penalties. Vehicles used by fly-tippers can be forfeited and crushed. To see a video on You Tube which illustrates what cation can be taken go to: Video

Ways to report

  • Report online
  • If you have details of the person or vehicle you have witnessed fly tipping please email us at, or telephone (0191) 2787878 and ask for Environmental Health
  • Phone: 0191 2787878 and ask for 'Envirocall'
  • Text Phone: 0191 2114944
  • Post: Envirocall, PO Box 766, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE99 1FR

If you witness a vehicle tipping the waste and the offence is ongoing, contact the police on 101. If the waste appears to be a hazardous nature or in or near a watercourse, contact the Environment Agency Emergency Hotline on 0800 80 70 60.

The person taking your call will need to know as much information as possible, including:

  • The exact location and type of land.
  • A description of the person(s) fly-tipping.
  • The date and time the fly-tipping was seen, including the time the offence started and finished.
  • Details of where you were at the time.
  • Details of any other witnesses with you.
  • A description (make, colour, markings) and registration number of any vehicle involved.
  • The type and estimated quantity of the waste tipped.

Do not put yourself in danger by handling the rubbish or confronting fly-tippers.

Newcastle City Council is committed to tackling waste crime. In the past four years (up to March 2017) we have taken 778 prosecutions and issued 972 Fixed Penalty Notices for waste crimes. These actions have resulted in:

  • 2,760 hours of community payback;
  • 71 months imprisonment, 
  • Over £268,600 paid in fines and penalties. 

Since April 2015 we have seized 18 vehicles from fly-tippers. In 2013/2014, 2014/2015 and in 2015/2016, HM Government statistics showed that Newcastle City Council prosecuted the second highest numbers of waste crimes, such as fly-tipping, in the UK. In 2015/2016 Newcastle City Council carried out some 10% of prosecutions for waste crime in England and Wales and 93% of prosecutions in Tyne and Wear.

Help prevent fly-tipping

Producers of waste may be liable to prosecution if someone else disposes of their waste illegally. Ensure you know how a waste collector intends to dispose of your waste. Ask if the person or company taking the waste away is a registered carrier and ask to see copy of their registration certificate. Take a note of the name of the collector and the vehicle's details.

If you are in doubt about someone, check their details with the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and ask for an instant Waste Carrier Validation Check or check online Environment Agency Website. If they are not registered, refuse the service.

To see related information go to the website

Press articles

To see press articles which highlight the ongoing work of the Environmental Protection service go to the Chronicle of the 4 October 2015, the Chronicle of the 9 May 2016, the Chronicle of the 6 January 2017, the Chronicle of the 16 November 2017 and the Chronicle of the 13 March 2018.

Please note: This information has no legal force and is not an authoritative interpretation of the law, which is a matter for the Courts. It is intended to help everyone to understand in general terms, the main features of the legislation. The information is not a substitute for the legislation and you should refer to the text of the legislation for a full statement of legal requirements and obligations. Where appropriate, you should seek your own independent legal advice.

For further information, contact: Environmental Protection service, Public Safety, Regulation and Development, City of Newcastle upon Tyne, Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8QH.
Phone:0191 2787878

Page last updated: 
20 March 2018
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