Fly-tipping and litter reporting

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How to report a problem

If you feel an area has fallen below standard or you notice an overflowing litter bin or feel the area would benefit from an extra litter bin, please contact us.


Fly-tipping describes the act of dumping rubbish illegally. This often happens outside household waste recycling centres, and includes items such as furniture or business waste. It is illegal and as the rubbish could be hazardous is an offence under waste legislation. On conviction the fine is up to £50,000 or six months imprisonment or both.

Report fly tipping

It is not essential to provide an official statement when reporting fly-tipping but a statement is very useful when prosecuting. You will be given details of how to do this once you have reported it.

It is also useful but not necessary to provide the following details:

  • vehicle registration of the fly-tipper;
  • address of the person fly-tipping;
  • exact location of where waste has been fly-tipped;
  • a description of the person and/or vehicle.

Report discarded syringes

Hypodermic syringes pose a real danger to the public when they are left on the streets or waste ground. If you find any discarded drug use equipment then please contact us. We will do our best to remove it within 24 hours.

Report dog fouling

Please report dog fouling


Report litter or dog fouling

The offence of “leaving litter” (section 87 of the environmental protection act 1990) states that if a person drops, throws, deposits or leaves anything so as to cause defacement in a public place, they could be committing a littering offence.

Litter thrown from vehicles

Throwing litter from vehicles onto public land is also a littering offence.

If you want to report an a case of littering from a vehicle please try to take a note of the registration number if possible.

You should also try to note whether the driver or passenger threw the litter and take a good description of the vehicle and offender in case it is needed as evidence.

You can report the actual litter using the form above but the offence itself can be reported to the police or the Council and they will decide whether to take further action.

Litter clearance responsibilities

The Council must clear litter and refuse from public places. This includes:

  • streets;
  • parks;
  • playgrounds;
  • pedestrian areas.

If a piece of private land is littered the owner is responsible for clearing the litter. Often the problem is determining who owns the land.

Schools must clear litter and refuse from their own grounds but schools have no responsibility for clearing the litter outside the school.

Contact details

Mail Environmental Services, Davyfield Road, Roman Road Industrial Estate, Blackburn. BB1 2LX
Phone Number(s) 01254 585921
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