Grantham householders could be fined £5,000 if waste collectors are not licensed

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Householders need to check they employ licensed waste collectors when having rubbish collected from their homes to help reduce fly-tipping.

For scrap metal collectors, residents must ask to see documentation that is issued by SKDC or they could face possible prosecution.

Any other waste carrier must show residents licences issued by the Environment Agency, so they can do their part to avoid unlicensed carriers fly-tipping in the district and elsewhere.

To avoid committing an offence, householders must check if the operatives they employ are licensed waste carriers and where the waste from their collection is going to be disposed of.

Residents can be fined up to £5,000 should fly-tipping be linked back to their property.

The council always seeks to educate and work with residents but they have a legal duty to only use the correct disposal methods. Formal action will always be considered against those who use unlicensed traders.

It is an offence for a scrap metal collector to fail to display the licence and offenders face a £1,000 fine.

SKDC’s portfolio holder for healthy environment Coun John Smith said: “Once waste leaves your home or premises it is your responsibility to check the service you use holds a Waste Carrier’s Licence and where the waste will be disposed of to avoid committing a criminal offence.

“We have highlighted previous cases in the local press where those caught out by rogue waste collectors have helped us.

“Should residents fail to work with us though we will not hesitate to prosecute. We always try and trace the fly-tipping to the offending collector but residents must realise they are as equally as culpable if they do not ask to see and check the collector’s documentation.”

If residents are approached by an unlicensed waste collector contact SKDC on 01476 40 60 80 and note any vehicle details.