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Household Waste Duty of Care

Make sure you get rid of your rubbish the right way

Everyone has a legal responsibility to take steps to ensure their waste is properly disposed of by an authorised person. Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Section 34, a breach of the duty of care could lead to an unlimited fine in the Magistrates or Crown Court if convicted.

If waste originating from your property is found to have been fly-tipped, you are obliged to provide us with details of who you gave it to, so that the matter can be taken up with that person or company directly.

If you cannot provide that information when asked, then you may receive a fine.

How to Dispose of Your Waste

You should be able to dispose of most of your household waste using the services that we provide such as:

However, if you choose to use someone else to collect and dispose of your waste it is your responsibility to:

  • Make sure that the person or company holds a valid waste carriers licence with the Environment Agency - if they don't have one, don't use them.
  • Keep a record of who collected your waste, what they collected, when they collected it, where they will dispose of it.

If you do use a licenced private waste company:

  • Don't be afraid to ask questions - legitimate, law-abiding professionals will not object to answering them
  • Beware of rogue traders
  • Say NO to uninvited offers 

Get rid of your rubbish the right way.

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