Don’t be fooled…. Check for a Waste Carrier License

It is important to remember that disposing of waste illegally is wrong on so many levels:

  • It litters our beautiful country
  • It is not recycled (and we should all be doing our bit)
  • It can cause water pollution
  • You should be paying to dispose of waste correctly, so why pay to have it disposed of incorrectly

What to be aware of

Any provider that offers a service to remove waste in any form must be have a valid ‘Waste Carrier License’. This license entitles the holder to carry waste and dispose of it correctly.

If waste originating from your property is found to have been fly-tipped, you are obliged to provide  details of who you gave it to, so that the matter can be taken up with that person directly. If you did not check that the person that you gave your waste to was authorised to accept it, and you can’t provide this information when asked, then you may be prosecuted and run the risk of a £5,000 fine and a criminal record.

So what can you do?

Whenever you are considering arranging for anyone to collect any waste from your household, always carry out the following checks:

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions – you have a duty of care to take reasonable steps to prevent someone else dumping your waste unlawfully. Always ask a carrier what exactly is going to happen to your waste and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
  • Ask for details of their waste carrier registration – if you are using a waste carrier to remove household, garden or construction waste you can check if they are registered waste carriers by searching the Environment Agency’s public register of waste carriers or by calling 03708 506 506.
  • Record the vehicle registration numbers of any vehicle used by a private waste carrier to take your waste away.
  • Ask for a proper invoice and receipt. Never pay cash.  A legitimate waste carrier will be happy to accept card payments or BACS
  • Get more than one quote and expect to pay a reasonable fee – the fees that legitimate waste carriers have to pay to dispose of waste that they collect are not cheap. An unusually low quote, or an offer to take rubbish away for free in order to profit from any scrap metal that may be among it, should be treated with suspicion.

Here at CW Removals we feel strongly about doing the right thing! We are full registered and are happy to produce our license should you use us to remove your waste.

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