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2. Using a trader to remove household waste

If someone takes some of your waste away, whether from building work, gardening or just general household rubbish, you need to make sure they will deal with the waste responsibly.

All householders have a duty of care for their waste and must do all that is reasonable to ensure that the waste carrier is properly authorised to take the waste away.  This could be checking a company’s carrier certificate or checking their waste carrier registration with the Environment Agency.

Sometimes even registered waste carriers may dump waste illegally, so we would always recommend taking down (and keeping safe) the registration number of the vehicle and making sure any payment is recorded, such as using credit/debit cards or cheques.  Cash payment may seem cheap and convenient at the time, but it also allows the waste carrier a greater anonymity.

The Waste Partnership’s policy is to back the householder as a potential witness where we find their waste dumped illegally, but if your waste is found fly-tipped and you haven't checked the carrier's credentials, you could be fined up to £5,000. 

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Last updated: 27 February 2018

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