What is fly-tipping and what can be done about it?

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is:

  • The unlawful dumping of liquid or solid waste on land or in water
  • Mismanagement or misuse of waste facilities
  • The deposit of bulky items such as furniture (eg, bed frames and sofas).  

Getting rid of bulky waste

Did you know that fly-tipping is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act?  If you leave bulky items in your bin stores or communal areas, you could face a £50,000 fine.

You’ll be charged if you’re found fly-tipping and service charges may be increased to cover the cost of removing items.

Other options

Selling or re-using items

If your unwanted items are in good condition, you could make some money. Selling things is quick and easy with sites like Facebook, Marketplace, Shpock or Vinted. Charities like the British Heart Foundation may collect items in good condition for free. See if you’re eligible for a free collection:
British Heart Foundation collections

Disposing of waste items

If your item can’t be re-used, you can book a bulky waste collection through your local council. Find your local council and arrange a special collection for large waste items:
Local council large waste collections (

Reporting fly-tipping on land owned by Sage Homes

If you've noticed that large items have been fly-tipped, please raise a ASB request on our portal so that we can arrange removal. Please attach a photograph if possible.  

Fly-tipping or storage of bulky items within designated parking areas is not permitted and the perpetrator will be charged for any removals.

Public land

If the item/s are on land owned by the local authority, please report this to them so that they can arrange removal.

Private land (not owned by Sage Homes)

Fly-tipping on privately owned land is the responsibility of the landowner and not Sage Homes.