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Waste and recycling

Crime not to care

As a householder your rubbish is your responsibility. If your domestic waste is fly-tipped, the law states you could be held responsible and face prosecution, even if someone else has dumped it (such as a rogue trader who offered to dispose of it for you).


We've joined forces with Keep Britain Tidy and their #CrimeNotToCare campaign, to help you avoid accidentally passing your waste to rogue traders and contributing to the million fly-tipping incidents per year.

Under Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, anyone found handing over waste to unregistered waste carriers can expect:

  • to be summoned to court
  • a criminal record (which may need to be disclosed to employers)
  • to be ordered to pay fines

If you're a business, different laws apply to you; see commercial waste disposal responsibilities for advice for businesses.


Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. You can help reduce fly-tipping by making sure your waste is disposed of responsibly.

Report fly-tipping online - we'll clear up the waste and attempt to determine who is responsible.

Arranging waste collections

We can't accept bulky waste or extra bags as part of our normal household waste collections or recycling collections - you're responsible for disposing of this waste properly.

You can either arrange a bulky waste collection with us, or book a collection through an independent waste collection service. When choosing a waste collection service, make sure they're registered to legally dispose of waste.

You should:

A legitimate business person will not mind you asking questions. If a waste collector can’t or won't provide such information, or their name or business name doesn’t match their waste carrier number, do not use them!

If you suspect someone is transporting waste who is not a registered waste carrier contact Waste, Highways and Environmental Services to report it.

Disposing of your waste legally and responsibly

Never leave waste or scrap metal on the street, verge or edge of your property for anyone to take away. If you do this, you won’t know who takes it, what they'll do with it, or whether they're registered to collect/transport it - and, if they dump it, you could be prosecuted!

To dispose of your waste legally and responsibly, you can also:

Also see

Waste, Highways and Environmental Services

Telephone: 01904 551551