Illegal dumping

How to report illegal dumping

If you have witnessed offences being committed or are experiencing regular difficulties with people illegally dumping (fly tipping) in your neighbourhood, you can contact the Customer Service Centre, in confidence, for advice and assistance using the details available in the Contacts section of this page.

Alternatively you can use the online reporting form or download the Inverclyde Online app, which allows residents and visitors to request services and report a variety of issues to the Council.  The links to both of these are available on the Related Links section of this page.

Information on how Inverclyde Council processes your personal information and guards your privacy is available by following the 'Privacy' link at the bottom of this page.

You can also report fly tipping issues directly to Zero Waste Scotland through the Dumb Dumpers links on this page.

Ilegal dumping enforcement

Illegal Dumping is a common problem in Inverclyde, including discarded old furniture, tyres, construction waste, garden waste, car batteries or bags of household waste. It can be a source of pollution, affects the aesthetic appeal of an area, and increases the risk of fire raising.

Unfortunately, it has become so widespread that the Scottish Government has stepped in to try to tackle the problem, a problem which is seriously disfiguring the Scottish landscape and the reputation of the people of Scotland.   Inverclyde Council's Environmental and Public Protection Service have powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to issue Fixed Penalty Notices of £200 if there is sufficient evidence to prove an individual has illegally dumped items in Inverclyde.

So, who are these illegal dumpers?

Thoughtless Householders who:

  • leave bags of household rubbish on the pavement days before collection day. These get burst and scattered, creating a street sweeping headache.
  • dump household and garden waste over their garden fence, on common land or verges.
  • drive to quiet back roads to dump unwanted fridges, furniture etc.
  • dump waste that can't be recycled at Neighbourhood Recycling Points

Thoughtless Traders/Shopkeepers who:

  • leave excess rubbish on the pavement instead of securely containing their waste within a bin.
  • dump trade waste in gap sites or verges.
  • carry out gardening or building work and dump the arisings illegally instead of paying for it to be disposed of properly.

 What can you do about it?


  • Rubbish should be kept off the pavement until refuse collection day.
  • Garden waste can be deposited in your brown wheelie bin (or your black bin if you don’t have a brown bin).
  • Unwanted household appliances, furniture and general waste can be dumped, free of charge, at one of the Council's Recycling Centres (follow link on this page) or the Council will arrange a Bulk Uplift for a moderate fee.
  • Report illegal dumping via the related link on the left side of this page.

Follow link on this page for more information about the Civic Amenity Sites and Bulk Uplift Service.


Traders and shopkeepers have a Duty of Care under The Environmental Protection Act 1990.  This includes having an adequate Waste Disposal Contract and/or a Waste Carrier’s Licence.  Make sure that your Trade Waste Agreement is adequate to cover the amount and type of waste which your business generates.

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 means business.  Take action now to stay within the law and protect the environment.  For further information about your Duty of Care, follow the link on this page.

Fly tipping enforcement data

Information on fly tipping enforcement for the past 5 financial years is available to download from this page.  Please note this dataset is updated on a quarterly basis and will only be accurate to the date of publication, which is marked on the report.


Page last updated: 23 October 2019