Fly-tipping is defined as the ‘illegal deposit of any waste onto land that does not have a licence to accept it’. It is a national problem which blights our streets and countryside. It is an environmental hazard which can cause pollution, and which costs taxpayers in the UK more than £50m to clear up each year. 

Fly-tipping is a serious criminal offence punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years imprisonment. West Northamptonshire Council also has the power to issue on-the-spot fines for fly-tipping, and to seize vehicles which have been used in fly-tipping. 

The Fixed Penalty Notice for fly-tipping is £400, reduced to £300 if paid within 10 days of the offence.


Reporting fly-tipping

If you witness waste being illegally dumped in Daventry District it is vital you report it to us so we can remove the rubbish and take action against the offender, where possible.


If you see someone fly-tipping, or you want to report an area where fly-tipping has taken place, take note of the following:

  • Date, time and place of the incident
  • What the waste looks like and how much there is
  • Descriptions of any person and/or vehicles involved along with the registration number.

Please remember that fly-tippers are acting illegally, so do not approach them or put your own safety at risk.

Where the waste has been dumped on public land, the Council’s environmental services partner Daventry Norse will aim to remove it within 24 hours of it being reported (Monday-Friday). An enforcement officer will also investigate and take action against the offender(s) where there is evidence to do so.

Proper disposal of waste

If you are thinking of hiring someone to remove items of bulky waste or other items of rubbish from your home or business, it is vital you ensure they are properly licensed to do so.

Beware of people offering cheap rates to remove unwanted furniture, white goods and other bulky items. If the collection and disposal price is very low, it is likely they are not paying for the waste to be properly disposed of, and will simply dump it instead

If you give your rubbish to an unlicensed person or firm, and they dump it illegally, you will face a fine of up to £400.

Please protect yourself and the environment by taking the following steps:

  • Check they hold a waste carrier licence. You can check by visiting the Environment Agency website  or by calling 03708 506506
  • Ask to see a copy of the licence and check that is has not expired
  • Get a written receipt with a description of the waste and details of where it is being taken
  • Note down details of the vehicle that is taking your waste away.

Bulky waste collection service

A bulky waste collection service is offered by the Council (undertaken by Daventry Norse), allowing people to arrange for unwanted large and bulky items of household furniture or appliances to be collected from outside their home.


Household recycling centres

The Household Waste Recycling Centres in Daventry and Brixworth provide a service for the public to bring household waste, garden waste, recyclables and other items such as unwanted furniture and white goods for disposal, reuse and recycling.


Fly-tipping on privately-owned land

If you are a private landowner and become a victim of fly-tipping then it is your responsibility to safely dispose of the waste and pay any costs for doing so.

Please report any incidents of fly-tipping to the Council, so an enforcement officer can investigate and take action against the offender(s) where there is evidence to do so. 

Our Environmental Health team can also provide guidance on the best way to deal with the removal of the waste, as well on prevention measures.