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Crime Not to Care

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley Council is backing a campaign alerting residents to the consequences of not disposing of their household waste responsibly.

Keep Britain Tidy’s Crime not to Care campaign highlights the fact that residents can be taken to court and fined for giving their waste to an unlicensed waste carrier, who then goes on to fly tip the items.

At this time of year, many residents may be spring cleaning their homes and having a clear out. However, 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 hiring an authorised waste carrier.

A Knowsley Council spokesperson said:

“We are working with Keep Britain Tidy to raise awareness of residents’ responsibility to dispose of their waste properly and legally. It’s a crime not to care about what happens to your household waste; 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.”

Householders using private contractors to remove household, garden or construction waste must make sure the company or individual is a registered waste carrier. You are advised to:

  • Ask the person who collects your waste to see their registration – 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: https://www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier
  • 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 hire 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.