Waste duty of care

The law requires anyone dealing with waste to keep it safe and make sure it’s dealt with in a responsible way. This is called the duty of care. For example, you have the duty of care to put waste in bins and not dumped on a public street.

If you pay for a company to collect and dispose of your waste and they are not licenced, you may be fined £300.00. This fine is called a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

Collectors of waste need to hold the appropriate licence. This ensures that they promise to dispose of the waste in a safe and responsible way.

Unfortunately, some waste collectors fly-tip the waste they collect to avoid paying fees. This may cause pollution and environmental damage. Fly-tipping is costly and fly-tip removals are paid for by honest Council Tax payers in Harrow.

A breach of any parts of the duty of care carries an unlimited fine in the magistrates’ court or the Crown Court.

What can I do to make sure waste collectors are licenced?

There are steps you can take to make sure waste collectors at your house are licenced:

  • Ask them to provide you with their full address and telephone number
  • Ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency
  • Visit the Environment Agency website for a free Waste Carrier Validation Check
  • Take a note of their vehicle's registration number
  • Ask for a full invoice and receipt
  • Ask what is going to happen to your waste and confirm that it is going to be disposed of in a responsible manner.