Environmental Crime

we have a wide remit in relation to environmental crime, and both proactively and reactively deal with issues such as littering and other waste offences including fly tippinggraffiti, abandoned vehicles and dog fouling

Each year we investigate a large number of reported offences, and investigate with a view to taking action against offenders to reduce the level of environmental crime. 

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There are a team of specialist officers that carry out investigations and use a range of tools including:

  • high profile foot patrols of problem areas
  • surveillance of problem areas
  • collection of statements from members of the public or partner agencies

Environmental Crime has an negative effect on our communities, as well as costing tax payers a significant amount of money each year to clean up. 

It is vital that you report any environmental crime, so that we may investigate it with a view to taking action against the offender, either by issuing fixed penalty notices or in the more serious cases taking the matter through to the Magistrates Court for prosecution to ensure that Cornwall remains a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

Should you witness anything which you feel is an offence, as long as it is safe to do so, please make note of any relevant information including:

  • The day, date and time you saw the flytipping or crime
  • How many people, what they looked like, what they were actually doing
  • Any vehicles involved - their make, colour, and registration number
  • What kind of view you had, how far away you were, weather and light conditions
  • How much, what it looked like

Ultimately we rely on people reporting issues that they witness in their community for us to be able to take action.

Use the online reporting forms for specific issues by following the links below.


Report dog fouling


Report fly tipping or littering on council land


Please report fly tipping on private land by email to publicprotection@cornwall.gov.uk 


Report an abandoned vehicle


Report graffiti


Fixed Penalty Notice Statistics

We receive a substantial number of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests for data regarding the number of fixed penalty notices served for environmental crimes such as dog fouling, fly tipping etc and have provided some information below which may be of help if you are considering submitting an FOI request:

An explanation of the terms used in these statistics is below:

  • Cancelled notices – these are notices that have been cancelled by the authority for evidential reasons
  • Non complied notices – notices that are not complied with and are not cancelled have progressed to prosecution.