What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is illegal dumping on a site that is not licensed to accept waste. The waste may include general household rubbish, larger household items, such as mattresses and fridges, garden refuse or commercial waste. It is an offence that can lead to a fine or imprisonment.

How do I report fly-tipping?

District and borough councils are responsible for the removal of waste on highways in East Sussex. You should contact your local council about fly-tipped waste found on:

  • roads, pavements or lay-bys
  • parks and grass verges
  • council car parks.

Bigger incidents or possibly hazardous waste

For larger incidents of fly-tipping, including chemical spillage, contact the Environment Agency.

Their website includes a 24-hour hotline and tips about what to do if you come across fly tipping.

Private land

Fly-tipping on private land is the responsibility of the landowner.

For information about how to protect yourself, and clearing waste from private land see the Environment Agency – what to do if you come across fly tipping.

Local information

You can also find out more information about fly-tipping from your district or borough council website: