The Cotswolds is known for its pleasant environment, beautiful scenery and deep history. A big part of the attractive nature of the area is down to how clean, neat and tidy it is, and the council plays a significant role in ensuring that.

Clearing litter, removing abandoned cars, dealing with dog fouling and collecting fly tipping are some of the visible examples of the council’s hard work to look after the local environment. These services only have to be provided due to the illegal and irresponsible behaviour of a minority of people.

The council’s Environmental Services play a vital role in preserving the environment and keeping the Cotswolds clear of environmental crime. We are working with key stakeholders to tackle environmental crime through engagement, education, campaigning and targeted communications. I would encourage anyone who has witnessed the dumping of illegal rubbish to contact us immediately though our website.

More Info on Fly-Tipping:

What is Fly Tipping and what to do if you see fly tipping?

  • Fly-Tipping is the illegal deposit of waste on land contrary to section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Cotswold District Council is responsible for clearing of all waste illegally dumped on relevant land for the investigation of fly tipping deposits.

Report fly-tipping

  • We work hard to prosecute any cases of fly-tipping, but we need evidence to be successful. If you see someone dumping waste please write down and report their vehicle registration number to us. If possible we will prosecute cases of fly-tipping, because this robust stance helps deter future dumping. You can report incidents of fly tipping to our website:

Highways , Bridleways and Footpaths

  • If you see any dumped waste please tell us as soon as possible. We try to investigate every report and work closely with our partner Ubico at Cotswold District Council who have a responsibility to ensure it is removed safely and carefully. All information is useful so please record as much as you can, including:  Location or grid references, type of waste, size of fly tip and even photographs if possible. Please do not interfere with the waste as you may destroy any available evidence that could be used to prosecute the offenders.

Private land

  • If waste is fly tipped on private land, then the landowner will decide how to deal with the waste and will need to pay for the cost of disposal. If you see fly tipping on private land, you must report this to the land owner. Please contact the Land Registry to find out who owns the land.

How we can S.C.R.A.P fly tipping in Cotswolds

  • While enforcement is a valid and legitimate way to reduce fly tipping, it is not always efficient. If everyone understands their “Duty of care”, it will help to ensure waste stays in the legitimate waste stream and reduce the waste crime problem
  • We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to ensure our household or business waste is disposed of correctly. The best way to stop organised fly tipping is to make sure that only authorised waste carriers take your waste away.  You could face prosecution and an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly tipped by someone else
  • Stop Fly Tipping  by following the S.C.R.A.P code:

Suspect ALL waste carriers

Check with the environment agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste is licensed

Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away

Ask what will happen to your waste

Paperwork should always be obtained and get a full receipt