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Most of us would hate to think we are contributing to the millions of incidents of flytipping per year, but some people accidentally are. Flytipping in this country is reaching epidemic proportions. That’s why Keep Britain Tidy created their #CrimeNotToCare campaign.

By increasing the public's understanding about their duty of care “your rubbish, your responsibility”, together we can reduce flytipping and cut off the supply to the criminals responsible for it.

We have joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy and their #CrimeNotToCare campaign, to help you avoid accidentally passing your waste to rogue traders and contributing to the flytipping incidents per year.

Under Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, anyone found handing over waste to unregistered waste carriers can expect:

  • to be summoned to court
  • a criminal record (which may need to be disclosed to employers)
  • to be ordered to pay fines

If you're a business, different laws apply to you, visit the GOV.UK website commercial waste disposal responsibilities for advice for businesses. We also provide trade waste collections, for more information visit The Depot trade waste collections information page.

Disposing of your waste legally and responsibly

Always use a registered waste carrier to collect your rubbish. You can find a registered waste carrier in your area on the Environment Agency's website.

To dispose of your waste legally and responsibly, you can also:

  • visit Household Recycling Centres
  • take your recyclable waste to a local recycling bank (you must follow recycling bank rules or you could be flytipping if you leave waste behind)
  • advertise your reusable household items via Freecycle or Facebook for local residents to collect
  • hire a skip for larger amounts of waste and DIY projects, but check first that the skip company is registered with the Environment Agency
  • donate to local charity shops

Arranging waste collections

We can't accept bulky waste or extra bags as part of our normal household waste collections or recycling collections - you're responsible for disposing of this waste properly.

You can either arrange a bulky waste collection with us, or book a collection through an independent waste collection service. When choosing a waste collection service, make sure they're registered to legally dispose of waste.

You should:

  • check the collector’s details - ask for their full name and business name
  • ask for a receipt when they collect your waste
  • ask for the collector's waste carrier number
  • carry out a waste carrier registration check via the Environment Agency

A legitimate business person will not mind you asking questions. If a waste collector can’t or won't provide such information, or their name or business name doesn’t match their waste carrier number, do not use them!

If you suspect someone is transporting waste who is not a registered waste carrier, report it.

Could this be you?

Greg’s story

Greg’s a busy guy who has long daily commutes and just wants everything doing quickly with the minimum effort. He was getting a new sofa delivered and wanted to get rid of his. Although the company could take this away they wanted to charge him a lot and he’d been speaking to colleagues who said you find lots of people who would do this on Facebook. He went on-line and found someone really close by who could collect it that evening and only charged £20. He booked it in and thought it has all been sorted.


When the sofa was collected Greg didn’t ask for any documents, he didn’t know he should. He was just happy to be rid of the sofa at such a good price. The next week Greg receives a letter from the council’s enforcement team. His sofa had been found fly-tipped a few streets away and the enforcement officer had recovered a bill from the sofa with all of Greg’s contact details on.


Pat's story

Pat’s had a kitchen fitted and the builder took away all the rubbish from the build. However, Pat is now facing a fine and possible appearance in court. The washing machine was found down a quiet road along with some paperwork with all her details on.


Pat never checked to see if her builder had an up-to-date waste carrier’s permit, or what the waste carrier’s number was. Pat’s never heard of Duty of Care.


Mark's story

Mark lives in a flat above a busy row of shops. He often has too much rubbish for his own bin. He noticed that the litter bin outside the shop was emptied regularly and thought that it would be fine just to add an extra bag each day next to the bin.


He was doing this on a regular basis. On one occasion the council checked the bag for any evidence and found a bill belonging to Mark.

Let's S.C.R.A.P. flytipping

Together, let's S.C.R.A.P. flytipping, more information on how to report flytipping, or check a waste carrier's licence can be found on our flytipping page.

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