Illegal Dumping

Illegal Dumping

The Waste and Contaminated Land (NI) Order 1997, which implements the EC Waste Framework Directive in Northern Ireland, transfers the waste regulatory role from the 26 Councils to the Department of the Environment

The Council will however continue to investigate incidents of illegal dumping in the city and district.

Fly-tipping is the term used for illegally dumped waste and covers everything from black bin bags to large quantities of commercial waste.

Fly-tipped waste is often found on open ground such as lay-bys, car parks or on private land.

It is a serious offence, with fines up to £2,500.

Dumped waste includes:

  • domestic waste
  • garden refuse
  • large domestic items such as fridges and mattresses
  • tyres
  • waste from construction sites
  • demolition and excavation rubble.

Fly-tipping is a problem because:

  • it costs millions of pounds every year to clear and it’s taxpayers and private landowners who pay
  • it’s dangerous to people and wildlife
  • it damages the environment
  • it spoils our enjoyment of towns and countryside
  • it undermines legitimate waste businesses because illegal operators undercut those operating within the law
  • areas which are frequently fly-tipped may see property prices go down and local businesses may see a loss in trade.

Report dumped waste

If you have a complaint that you would like us to investigate or just want advice, there are a number of ways you can contact the Environmental Health Department:

Telephone: 028 3752 9626
Textphone: 18001 028 3752 600


When you contact us you will need to give us as much information as possible.  If the rubbish has been dumped from a vehicle the registration number would help us greatly in our investigation.

If you wish to make a complaint about the level of service you have received, please let us know here on

You should also report any incidents of illegal dumping to the Northern Ireland Environment Agency – Environmental Crime Section.

The Council provides a refuse collection service and disposal facility for all waste materials which may be generated within the Council area.  Arrangements are provided at the local Recycling Centres and through the provision of bulky waste services, provided by the Operational Services Department to dispose of most types of waste.