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Environmental Crime

Ashfield District Council make sure that streets, parks and open spaces are kept clean. We must also keep our own public land clear of litter and waste. Other bodies (such as Housing Associations, hospitals and government departments) have a similar duty as do the governing bodies of local schools and colleges.


Litter can take the form of:

  • Chewing gum
  • Cigarette and cigar ends
  • Cans
  • Bottles
  • Paper and plastic bags
  • Left over food and drink containers
  • Flyers
  • Dog Fouling
  • Fly Tipping

The offence of littering applies to all places that are open to the air, including private land open to the air and land covered by water. Anyone caught littering will be issued with a fixed penalty notice. We will also investigate reports of litter thrown from a vehicle.

To report these cases please contact 01623 457345 or email asb@ashfield-dc.gov.uk

1. Vehicle registration, make, model
2. Date and time of offence
3. Location
4. Whether you are prepared to give a witness statement relating to the offence.

Fly tipping 

Fly tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It is anti-social and can cause pollution of the environment and be a physical danger to animals and human beings, spoils the local neighbourhoods and our quality of life.

Waste that is fly-tipped comes in various types such as: garden refuse and green waste; rubbish; large domestic items, washing machines, fridges, sofas and mattresses; furniture; tyres, asbestos and clinical waste. Large fly tips of waste from construction, demolition, excavation and property renovation activities, which can at times block the highway, prove a serious hazard to the safety of road users, together with the pollution to the environment and animals.

The type of fly tip and size of it can vary dramatically from a single bag of rubbish to large quantities of waste which are dumped from trucks whilst driving along the road. Waste is found fly tipped in various types of locations such as: verges beside the road, in lay-bys, on the public highway, on private land and even beside the provided bins at recycling sites.

Fly tipped waste on private land is the responsibility of the land owner, who will need to arrange for its disposal. Ashfield District Council will work with land owners where possible to identify offenders, prosecuting where appropriate.

If you witness fly tipping or discover a fly tip, any information you give may help the investigation and lead to a prosecution of the offender. It would be useful if you could record the details and report it immediately.

  • Please do not put yourself at risk.
  • Registration number of vehicle
  • Colour and make of vehicle
  • Any signwriting or distinctive marks on the vehicle
  • Time and date
  • Number of people involved
  • A description of the people and their clothing especially if distinctive
  • Anything heard which may help identify them, names, etc.
  • What has been fly tipped
  • Is it tipped on the footpath or carriageway
  • Is it public highway

Do not:

  • touch the waste as it may contain syringes, asbestos or hazardous substances
  • disturb the site, as there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers approach anyone you see fly tipping

All information is valuable to us and will be treated confidentially. If you take photos (e.g. camera phones) please inform us.