It’s a #crime not to care, new campaign tells residents

Published Thursday, 8th March 2018

A new campaign to help curb fly-tipping is reminding residents and businesses that by law, their waste is their responsibility and must be disposed of safely and legally, otherwise they face a significant fine.

Launched with Richard McIlwain, deputy chief executive for Keep Britain Tidy, the #Crime Not to Care campaign aims to raise awareness and tackle unlicensed waste carriers responsible for a growth in fly-tipping.

All waste carriers must be licensed and only they should be used. Licensed carriers properly document the waste’s journey to its legal end, and so reduce the risk of fly-tipping.

In 2016/17 we dealt with 1,518 incidents of fly tipping at a cost of £65,087, after a year-on-year increase since 2012/13 when we dealt with 1,034 instances of fly-tipping which cost £53,295 to clear.

To ensure waste is legally disposed of, ask the carrier for their name and address. Check their license at or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. If they’re on the database, they can be used. If they’re not, please report them to so we can investigate. When the licensed carrier collects the waste, ask for a receipt with their name, address and vehicle registration number on it. The waste’s originator can be prosecuted if it is fly-tipped.

A waste carrier’s license is valid for three years, costs £154 and can be applied for at

The campaign is also reminding residents of other ways to safely dispose of waste which can’t be taken along with kerbside collections. These include arranging for collections of bulky item by the council by calling on 01904 551551. While there is a charge for this service, up to ten items can be taken, so it’s worth contacting a local residents’ association or neighbours to share the cost and the collection.

Waste can also be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Hazel Court or Towthorpe and booklets of free permits for larger vehicles to carry it can be ordered via Or, recycling banks around the city can be used - see or call 01904 551551 to find where they are located.

The campaign is also promoting recycling reusable household goods with charities including British Heart Foundation, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Community Furniture Store Ltd, Besom in York, many of which will collect for free.

Cllr Andrew Waller, acting leader of City of York Council and executive member for the environment, said: “Flytipping damages the environment, and costs the council a great deal in resolving, looks terrible and can harm wildlife. We take it very seriously and so carry out regular enforcement action with the police and prosecute illegal carriers. It’s a #crime not to care where your rubbish goes.”

Cllr Jenny Brooks, executive member for housing and safer neighbourhoods: “If you usually call a ‘Man with a Van’, you might want to check their credentials – or you could end up with a criminal record. This is because, by law, your rubbish is your responsibility. You must check that anyone you hire to take away your unwanted rubbish is correctly licensed. If not – and the waste is fly tipped - you can be liable for enforcement action.”

Richard McIlwain, deputy chief executive for Keep Britain Tidy, said: “It is great to see York seizing the initiative and tackling fly-tipping head on.

“It is a national disgrace that last year over one million incidents of fly-tipping were recorded, spoiling towns and countryside across England. It is time to get to grips with fly-tippers and Keep Britain Tidy’s #Crime not to Care campaign is all about cutting off their supply of waste at source.

“If all householders make the appropriate checks to ensure they are handing over their waste to an authorised company or individual, they can avoid a fine and drive the illegal fly-tippers out of business.”

To find out more about how to correctly dispose of your waste, call 01904 551551, or visit:, or download the One Planet York app for refuse collection information and alerts. Or call 01904 554527, email or visit

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