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Thinking of fly tipping? You’ll only end up red-faced and out of pocket!

by Guy Murphy

Knowsley Council is warning anyone thinking of fly tipping that its likely to end with a fine and a feeling of embarrassment.

At this time of year, many residents will be having a post-Christmas clear out and refreshing their homes for the new year. With two waste centres and bulky waste home collections available, it couldn’t be easier for anyone to dispose of their waste safely and legally.

Unfortunately, not everyone cares for their local community and instead, a small number of people continue to illegally fly tip their waste. This year, Knowsley Council is cracking down on this behaviour which wastes vital Council funds and is a blight on our beautiful borough.

With extensive CCTV across Knowsley and many fly tipping hot spots, the Council will be taking anyone caught fly tipping to court where they could face an unlimited fine. The Council is also preparing to share footage and images of those fly tipping across its social media channels.

Knowsley residents who use a private contractor to remove waste are also urged to ensure that they are licenced. Unfortunately, unlicensed waste disposal operators often unlawfully dump and it’s the householder who would face the fine if caught.

The Council is also urging any residents who spot fly tipping to report it via the online form.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods, said: “With so many options to dispose of waste legally and safely, there is no excuse for lazy fly tippers who cause damage to our environment and use up vital Council funds.

“The Council has always looked to prosecute those who fly tip but this year we will be making sure that the local community know who is responsible for blighting their borough.

“I’m also urging residents to report any fly tipping to our Environmental Health Teams as soon as possible. Let’s work together to stop fly tipping in 2024.”

How to dispose of your waste

Residents can 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.

Hiring a private contractor

Householders using private contractors to remove household, garden or construction waste 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.