It is easy to assume that the disposal of your rubbish is something that the council has a duty deal with. Many people assume that their council tax pays for all rubbish removal and therefore it is not something that they have to worry about. However this is not true. In fact, you might not know it – but there are lots of strict rules surrounding rubbish removal.
For starters you cannot just leave rubbish on the street for others to get rid of. Whether it is your own street or you choose to ‘dump’ it somewhere else it is illegal and you will get into trouble for it. Over recent years the trend to ‘fly tip’ rubbish has increased which means that authorities are hotter than ever when it comes to finding out who left the rubbish and issuing fines for doing so.
Even as a business you have a responsibility for the safe disposal of your rubbish.
So I Should Just Use A Rubbish Removal Company?
It is easy to think that by using a rubbish removal company you have done enough to make sure you don’t land yourself in hot water, but this is not the case. Even if you hand your rubbish over to someone else to get rid of, it is still your responsibility.
There are several companies that offer to take your rubbish off your hands for a cheap price. They simply dump this rubbish wherever they can. Unfortunately it is you that would get into trouble for this and not the company in question, because it was your responsibility to get rid of this rubbish in the correct manner.
What Law Says That I have To Do This?
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 and
The Landfill Regulations
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 sets out your duty of care with regard to disposal of your waste.
What Can I Do?
In order to make sure that you don’t get into trouble you need to make sure you use a company that is registered as a waste removal company. When they come to take away your rubbish they will provide you with a Waste Transfer Note (WTN). Both parties sign this and it means that the rubbish becomes the property of the company and not you. They are under obligation to get rid of this properly and you can rest assured that you won’t get into trouble for rubbish that has been dumped illegally.
What If I Don’t Do This?
If you choose to dump rubbish yourself or end up using a company that dumps it for you then you risk a hefty fine
– You can be issued with an immediate fine of up to £300.00
– If the case goes to Magistrate’s Court then you can be fined up to £5000
– If the case goes to Crown Court then unlimited fines can be issued.
Instead of risking this, use a company such as Bay Waste, Morecambe, who take care of your rubbish in the proper way and issue you with a Waste Transfer Note for every job we do!