Unacceptable! £6k spent clearing after rogue traders. Do not fuel their criminal antics

Belmont fly-tip

​​​​​​Rogue traders are operating in the borough offering to remove rubbish or carry out building works – only to dump your waste illegally.

This is what happened in Belmont last week, where more than 20 tonnes of waste was found dumped – costing you the taxpayer £6,000 to clear up after criminals.

These rogues are only interested in making quick money for shoddy work and if they knock on your door make sure you carry out the relevant checks. That means checking they have a Waste Carrier Licence.

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, contact us 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 properly by a registered Waste Carrier.

Cllr Varsha Parmar, Cabinet member for environment said:

“What a disgusting eyesore! It makes me so angry that tax-payers have once again had to clear up after these criminals – it’s unacceptable. I can’t stress this enough, if you’re paying for waste removal or building works make sure they have a waste carrier licence and ID or you could land yourself in trouble with the law if they dump it illegally.”

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 2017/18 was £12.2 million (figures from DEFRA).


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 may be 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 of 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.