Beware the rogue waste carriers

Paying someone can be the easiest and best way to get rid of rubbish, but if you’re not choosy about who takes it away, there’s a big chance it’ll be fly-tipped, and you’re the one who could be fined.

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Being choosy means you make reasonable checks and enquiries about the people you employ. For example:

  • Have you checked if they have a waste carrier’s licence? Are they legitimate?
  • Have they provided you with a written quote?
  • Do you know anything about them other than their first name? Who are they?
  • Do you know where your rubbish is going?
  • Do you believe them?

There are a lot of people offering waste collection services on social media who claim to be legitimate. Beware those offering services in community groups. Remember, don’t take anything at face value. Ask questions – if you don’t you’re the one who might pay.

Legitimate and responsible waste businesses will be happy to give you all the information you want about how and where your waste will be disposed of.

Please visit the Environment Agency for a waste carriers licence check

For advice on how to correctly dispose of bulky waste, visit Household Waste & Recycling Centres

To make a better decision, visit Check a trade or Buy With Confidence

For more advice on fly-tipping or to report an incident of fly-tipping please visit the fly-tipping page

If you have garden waste you wish to dispose of, please visit

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