Residents and businesses who want to get rid of rubbish or construction waste are being warned to check that the person removing it is licensed to do so – or they could end up being prosecuted if it’s fly tipped.
It’s not unusual for people to be approached by ‘a man with a van’ giving them a cut price quote to remove rubbish or rubble. In many cases this waste ends up being dumped and can costs thousands of pounds to remove.
The council is actively investigating all dumped rubbish for evidence of who the waste belongs to. If proof of where the rubbish came from is found the council’s enforcement team will take action and prosecute the resident for irresponsible waste disposal.
Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Community Protection, Hounslow Council, said: “It’s not uncommon for people to take up an offer of waste removal. It takes the hassle out of getting rid of it yourself and can often save time and money. But if it sounds too good to be true it probably is.
“We’re using information from the public and CCTV to catch these irresponsible waste carriers, but we will go after anyone we can link to the rubbish. Even if that means prosecuting the person who owned the waste.
“There’s an easy way to avoid any action and that’s to check if the person taking away your waste is licensed to do so. If you don’t, as well as a hefty fine, you could end up with a criminal record.”
To prevent a fine or legal action, residents are advised to:
- Take the registration number of the vehicle removing the waste
- Ask to see the person’s waste carrier licence. Take a photograph of this if you can
- Describe the waste in writing and create a transfer note with the person’s name on it. Take a photograph of this too.
You can also check online at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register or call the Environment Agency directly on 03708 506 506.