If you give your rubbish to a rogue trader who dumps your rubbish illegally, you could end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine. Fly-tipping drains more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money each year in Essex.
Your rubbish is your responsibility and it’s a #CrimeNotToCare.
Check to protect yourself
Don’t fall foul of the law, here’s some tips to help you dispose of your waste correctly
- Ask to see a waste carrier registration number
If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don’t have a licence. Check their credentials here.
- Get a receipt
Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away. Businesses that produce commercial waste must keep records for 2 years.
- Ask where your waste is going
Don’t be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning.
- Be careful with your waste
Protect yourself by being careful with your waste and always keep a record of who you give your waste to. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops.
How to report fly-tipping
Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste.