Several concerned residents have been in contact over the last few months over the alarming amount of litter and fly tipping in our area. Despite “some” of these incidents being raised and dealt raised with by the relevant authority; it appears it is not going away fast, despite the risk of heavy fines.

Fly-Tipping is a serious offence, it carries a maximum fine of up to £50,000, it is a breach of Bolton at Homes tenancy agreement and it is costing local authorities (us!) approx. £44 million each year to clean it up!

“Between 2011 & 2015 there was a significant increase in incidents, reports from the Environment Agency shows Fly-tipping in Bolton increased 47%.” – Warren Fox

What is Fly-Tipping?

In its simplest form, Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste and is a crime. Items that are usually Fly-tipped are:

  • Black bags
  • Items of furniture
  • Mattresses
  • White goods (fridges washers etc)
  • Bulky items

What to do if you discover Fly-tipping?

  • Do not touch the waste. Fly tipped waste can be dangerous as it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
  • Try to visually inspect the waste. If possible, you should look to see what the waste consists of and how much there is
  • Take note of its exact location and whether it is near to, or in, water
  • Do not disturb the site. There may be evidence that could help identify the culprits and lead to their prosecution.
  • Vehicle details? Registration number, model & colour?
  • Who did you see? Sex, hair colour, distinguishing features?
  • Take photographs/video if possible

Remember that fly-tippers are doing something illegal – they are unlikely to welcome people observing them or taking notes or photographs.


Who is responsible for clearing it?

Local authorities have a responsibility to keep land that is under their control clear of litter and refuse. The Environment Agency has no specific duty to deal with fly-tipping but takes an active role. Land owners are responsible for taking action to ensure that any waste that is illegally tipped on their land is taken away and disposed of safely and responsibly.

In summary, local authorities are responsible for dealing with most types of small-scale fly-tipping and litter. The Environment Agency deals with bigger incidents (generally those involving more than a tipper load of waste). Incidents involving organised crime and certain hazardous wastes which have a greater potential to damage the environment should be reported to the police.


How to report it?

Bolton Council:


Bolton at Home:

Call 01204 328 000 or email:

Environment Agency:

Call 0800 807060, free from landlines, 24-hour hotline


Call 101 or email:

Remember, fly-tipping is a crime.

Alternatively, please fill in the below form and I will report it on your behalf:

(Email any images of the fly tipping or litter to:

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