Your responsibility for your household waste

York residents are responsible for the proper disposal of their waste. Only businesses that are registered to carry waste can take rubbish away for you, this includes our own household waste collection team who empty your bins every week.

What the law says

The Environmental Protection Act 1990, makes it an offence for a householder not to take steps to ensure that the waste that they are disposing of is only passed onto a registered waste carrier. Anyone failing to take these steps could face a fine of up to £5,000.

We monitor known 'hot spot' areas on a weekly basis to crack down on fly tipping. CCTV is placed in problem areas and anyone caught can face a fine of up to £50,000 or a 6 month prison sentence.

Dispose of your waste lawfully

You have a number of options to dispose of your waste lawfully and responsibly:

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 our general waste collections are not meant for bulky and excess items, so we can't take extra bags and large items. You could be liable for a statutory notice if you leave waste in the street. Failure to comply with a notice can result in a fixed penalty fine of £100 or a court appearance with a maximum fine of £1,000.

Private waste collections

York has recently seen an increase in unlawful traders taking rubbish from householders for a small charge and then dumping it. This environmental crime is a blight on our open spaces and spoils our city for both those who live here and visit.

Help ensure you don't fall foul of the law by:

  • asking contractors for a waste carrier number to ensure they are registered waste carriers
  • carrying out a 'Waste Carrier Validation Check' with the Environment Agency to confirm whether the contractor is registered
  • refusing services from unregistered contractors

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