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What can be done to prevent fly tipping?

To ensure that your waste is disposed of correctly, please ask your contractor if they are a registered waste carrier and ask for their waste carrier number.

If the contractor is not authorised and the waste ends up fly-tipped, the Council is able to fine those householders who have not checked that the operator is legitimate.

Householders not taking reasonable measures to check operators posing as legitimate waste carriers, could face fines up to £5,000.

We also recommend that you check:

  • that you are using a genuine and reputable company or individual
  • where they are proposing to take your waste
  • that they can give you a receipt for their service

If you hire contractors such as builders and allied trades, landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons, house clearers, retail establishments or scrap metal merchants who are removing waste items from your property, these people will normally need a waste carrier registration.

To check whether your contractor is a registered waste carrier, you can contact the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and ask for a Waste Carrier Validation Check. You can also perform this check online by clicking here.

If your contractor is not registered, you should refuse their services and request that they seek advice from the Environment Agency. This will reduce the likelihood of your waste being found amongst a fly-tip and the Council having to investigate the possibility of pursuing enforcement action against you.