Home Community and neighbourhoods Beware rogue waste clearance operators
Unwanted household items left on the curbside, including an armchair, matress, fridge, cot and other items.

Beware rogue waste clearance operators

by Cathy Sheel

If you’re having a clear out over the festive period, make sure anyone offering to take away your waste is authorised to do so.

If you hand over your old sofas, broken washing machines, burst mattresses or bags of waste to an unlicensed waste carrier, it’s possible they’ll illegally fly tip the waste.

And it’s the householder who could face an unlimited fine for failing to dispose of their waste responsibly by not hiring a registered waste carrier. Read more about your waste disposal responsibilities here.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley’s Cabinet member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “Fly tipping is a blight on our communities and has serious environmental consequences.

“Therefore, as a local authority we can and will fine householders who haven’t taken the responsible steps to ensure their waste is passed to an authorised waste carrier. We urge residents to remind themselves of their household waste disposal responsibilities and avoid being fined.”

Residents are advised to:

  • Ask the person who collects your waste to see their registration to transport waste – it should start with CBDU, followed by a set of numbers. Take a photo if possible.
  • Ring the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 to check their credentials or visit their website. This page features the register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers.
  • Ask where they’re proposing to take your waste and if they have a waste transfer note.
  • Don’t pay cash. Ask for an invoice and pay by a secure payment method or cheque, so payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped.
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you’re hiring a skip, the average cost should be around £150.
  • Never agree to cold callers offering any type of home improvements work, roofing, gardening services, tree surgery or household waste removal.
  • Not checking if you’re hiring a registered operator could be more expensive in the long run, as householders can face an unlimited fine for failing to use an authorised waste carrier.

You can expect to see a ‘Waste Carrier Registration’ for these types of businesses:

  • All building and associated trades
  • Landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons
  • House clearers
  • Retail establishments and
  • Scrap metal dealers.

Residents can also dispose of their waste at Knowsley’s two Household Recycling and Waste Centres run by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority at Wilson Road, Huyton and Depot Road, Kirkby. Find out more by visiting their website https://www.merseysidewda.gov.uk/

Alternatively, Knowsley Council also operate a Bulky Waste collection service. Find out more here.

Report it
If you see an incident of fly tipping in Knowsley please report it here so our Environmental Health team can clear it and investigate.