According to Keep Britain Tidy, fly-tipping is defined as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’.

Fly-tipping should be reported to the Council. Residents can:

  • call Croydon’s environmental team on 020 8726 6200 (option 1 for fly-tipping)
  • use the Don’t Mess with Croydon app
  • use the online form on the Council website.

Please do not remove any part of a fly-tip: leave this to the Council as there may be hazardous substances or evidence that points to the perpetrator.

Dumping waste illegally is a serious criminal offence (Environmental Protection Act 1990); it carries a fine of up to £50,000 (unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court) and perpetrators could also face a prison sentence of up to 5 years.

As well as reporting fly-tipping, residents are encouraged to use only licensed waste carriers. Ignorance is not an excuse – you could be held responsible and face prosecution for fly-tipping if you haven’t checked that the company or person who removes rubbish from your premises has a licence to carry waste.

Residents are reminded that dumping garden waste on public or private land (such as Coulsdon Manor Golf Course) also constitutes fly-tipping.

Please also refer to our Street Debris information.