2. Disposing of waste responsibly
How we can S.C.R.A.P. fly tipping in Bucks
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.
If it's your waste, it's your responsibility.
Avoid a fine. Put items in a bin, not by the side; don’t leave items out for the ‘scrap man’; and always follow the S.C.R.A.P. code if you are having household waste removed.
- S - Suspect all waste carriers; do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.
- C - Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency's website.
- R - Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away. If you suspect that someone who you have spoken to will be disposing of waste illegally, report them to the Environment Agency.
- A - Ask what will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
- P - Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details.
How you can find legal waste carriers
You can find legal waste carriers as you would any service, through adverts, online searches etc. Using the SCRAP code will help avoid your waste being dumped illegally.
You can also find licensed waste carriers in your neighbourhood by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visiting the Environment Agency website.
Last updated: 16 June 2021