You are responsible for disposing of your waste responsibly and lawfully. Apart from our household waste collection team who empties your bins every week, you should only allow businesses that are registered to carry waste to dispose of your rubbish.
Disposing of your waste responsibly
You can do this in a number of ways:
- York Freecycle - advertise your reusable household items online for local residents to collect
- York Community Furniture Store - free collections of good quality reusable furniture for people on low incomes
- Recycling banks - find your nearest recycling facilities
- visit Hazel Court HWRC or Towthorpe/Strensall HWRC - our Household Waste Recycling Centres
- arrange a bulky waste collection for large items, such as refrigerators
For larger amounts of waste and DIY projects, consider hiring a skip. Skip companies also need to be registered with the Environment Agency.
Remember that we can't accept bulky waste or extra bags as part of our general waste collections. You could be liable for a statutory notice if you leave waste in the street. If you fail to comply with a notice, you could receive a fixed penalty fine of £100 or a court summons with a maximum fine of £1,000.
Disposing of your waste legally
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 states that you are committing an offence if you do not take steps to ensure that you are only disposing of your waste with a registered waste carrier. If you do not take these steps, you could face a fine of up to £5,000.
Help to make sure you don't fall foul of the law by:
- asking contractors for their waste carrier number to ensure they are registered
- carrying out a Waste Carrier Validation Check with the Environment Agency to check their registration
- refusing services from unregistered contractors
Cracking down on fly-tippers
We have recently seen an increase in unlawful traders who take rubbish from householders for a small charge and then dump it illegally. This environmental crime is a blight on our open spaces and spoils our city for both those who live here and visit.
We monitor known 'hot spots' on a weekly basis to crack down on fly-tipping. We place CCTV in problem areas and anyone caught committing this offence can face a fine of up to £50,000 or a 6 month prison sentence.