Change in law on household waste duty of care

In 2019 new fines were introduced for breaches of the household waste duty of care – as a way to stop waste getting into the hands of unauthorised carriers, who may then resort to fly-tipping. This means if you pass waste to an unauthorised carrier then you may receive a £200 fixed penalty.

The council advises that you make all reasonable checks to ensure that anyone collecting your waste has a waste carrier licence, and obtain a waste transfer note. You should gather as much details as possible including vehicle registrations so that if the waste is found fly tipped the offender can be traced.

Householders can easily avoid falling victim to fly tippers by taking waste to their nearest Household Recycling Centre or pay a small fee for the Council’s Bulk Collection Service to take their waste away.