After loading up a skip, paying for the service and all your waste being carried away on the back of a truck, you would be forgiven for thinking your job is done. But many homeowners across the UK are now being hit by unwelcomed fly-tipping fines. Learn all about these and how to prevent this from happening to you, here:
What is Fly Tipping?
‘Fly-tipping’ is the term given to describe the illegal dumping of any kind of waste onto land that does not belong to you. It generally refers to any waste moved by an unauthorised carrier method.
Remember, all land belongs to someone and it is illegal to dump waste without the owner’s permission.
Skip Hire Firms Hit the News
In recent month, homeowners across the country have been warned against falling for illegitimate waste removal companies who primarily advertise their services on social media or door-to-door. Many of these companies may appear professional, but in fact, they are illegally dumping homeowners’ waste on the streets or in the countryside. And it’s not the companies that are being penalised!
If your waste can be tracked back to you, perhaps through old bills or receipts, you will incur the prosecuting fees for the fly-tipping even though you were unaware of the circumstances. These fines can reach up to £5,000 and leave you with a criminal record.
So, why is the homeowner liable?
Well, you are still responsible for all waste even though it has left your property and if you fail to run the appropriate checks on a waste removal service, ignorance is not seen as a reasonable response.
One gentleman from South London paid a service provider to remove his rubbish yet, even though he picked up the waste when he learnt it had been fly-tipped, was fined £670 in fines and prosecution costs.
How Can You Ensure Your Waste is Disposed of Correctly
In order to avoid fines and prosecution costs, you must ensure that the skip hire company that you use is authorised and disposing of all waste in the correct manner. To do this you can:
Ensure the company has a landline phone number and traceable business address.
Ask friends and family members for recommendations of skip hire services they have used in the past.
Ensure the company has a waste carrier licence. You can do this by accessing the public register for environmental information.
Request to see what other accreditations or licences the firm holds.
Visit the waste recycling/disposal plant for a tour around the premises to learn how the waste is disposed of correctly.
Check if it holds any valid awards for good service.
Research if it belongs to any unions or associations.
So, the next time you require the services of a skip hire company, do your research or you may end up with an unexpected fine on your doormat.
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