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Household waste disposal

Published: 08/04/2020

The Council is warning residents to be vigilant when taking up offers from individuals posing as legitimate waste disposal businesses during this time. 

Most people are doing the right thing and continuing to minimise the waste they produce and dispose of it correctly.  

However, we are seeing an increase in the number of “man in a van” type operations being set up, who are posing as legitimate waste disposal businesses and are taking advantage of the current crisis by offering to take residents’ waste away for a small cash fee.  Some of these operations are not registered or authorised to take waste away and are, in fact, illegal.

The law has not changed and by law, as an occupier of a domestic property, you must ensure that the household waste produced on your property is passed to an authorised person for correct disposal. 

As a resident, you must by law dispose of your own waste responsibly.  If your waste is found to be dumped illegally, whether you know about it or not, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.  Anyone caught fly-tipping will face prosecution and a large fine.  

While we have some sympathy with residents who may have quantities of waste building up, we must emphasise that, for everyone's health and safety, please dispose of your waste responsibly or keep it at home until the Household Recycling Centres are open again when the lockdown restrictions are lifted.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.