Rogue waste collector could be in your neighbourhood! Help us catch the filthy fly-tipper!


An imposter is masquerading as Harrow Council clean team conned a resident out of £50 for waste disposal - only for it to be dumped on the street. Help us find him.

A bogus waste collector has been operating in South Harrow posing as a Harrow Council worker – and could still be carrying out his criminal fly-tipping operation in the area.

We need your help to find him so that we can bring his scam to an end. He’s already conned at least one resident out of £50 to have their waste removed. Don’t let you be next!

The suspect who goes by the name “Charlie” is 5ft 6in tall, around 22 to 26 years, blond hair. He has front teeth that are missing, and was wearing dirty work clothes and arrived on a red push bike.

At lunchtime on Friday 26th January he knocked on the door of an unsuspecting resident offering to remove waste for £50. Duped into believing the man came from the council, the resident handed over the cash, only to discover the imposter dumping the waste just a few doors down. The resident grew suspicious and immediately took photos, contacting the council for help.

If you see him or find him knocking on your door, contact the police by calling 101.

Bogus waste collectors are a blight on the environment all around the country; The estimated cost of clearance for fly-tipping to local authorities in England in 2016/17 was £57.7 million (figures from DEFRA). In Harrow alone last year, it cost the council around £400,000 to clear fly-tips.

Remember – a genuine waste collector will have a Waste Carriers Licence and ID. Ask for it, and note down their name and number. Or better yet, phone us at the Council on 020 8424 7600 and we’ll take your bulky waste away for you.  Whether you’re a business or resident, everyone has a Duty of Care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally by a registered Waste Carrier.

Here’s how to avoid getting into trouble by bogus waste collectors:

  • Always ask to see their Waste Carriers Licence and check that they dispose of your rubbish correctly. You can also find details of Registered Waste Carriers on the Environment Agency website. 
  • If they don’t have a licence they maybe operating illegally and should be reported.
  • A genuine Waste Carrier will always give you a Waste Transfer Note (receipt) which you have to keep for two years.
  • If someone from the Council visits you, they will never ask for cash and will always present a photo ID.

How to prevent your waste from being fly-tipped:

  • Ensure that you use a Registered Waste Carrier to dispose off your waste. It is your legal responsibility to do so.
  • Ensure that they provide you with a Waste Transfer Note. It is your legal responsibility to do so.
  • If it seems too good to be true, it may not be genuine and you may end up being prosecuted
  • The Council, a Licenced Waste Carrier, does offer a Bulky Waste collection service to remove large items. Four large items for £30 or eight for £50; or mattresses for just £10
  • Garden Waste – sign up for our annual or summer collections or try home composting
  • Take your waste to the recycling centre
  • Commercial Waste – You must have a contract with a registered waste carrier to have waste removed for your business. Our Commercial Waste service can help you.


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