Householders are being asked to check waste carriers’ licences when having household or garden waste collected from their property.
Residents clearing large volumes of items in a spring clean of their homes or gardens should always ask to see a waste carriers’ collectors licence issued by the Environment Agency.
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 an offence. For scrap metal collectors, householders need to ask to see documentation that is issued by South Kesteven District Council.
Executive manager for environment Ian Yates said: “If you’re having a house or garden clearance simply ask the company you employ to show you their licence and check where your items will be deposited. This way you can do your part to avoid unlicensed carriers fly-tipping in the district or elsewhere.
“Most businesses are diligent and will not hesitate to show you documentation on request. It is an offence for collectors to fail to display a licence, so make the necessary checks for peace of mind you’re using a reputable business.”
If you are approached by an unlicensed collector, call SKDC on 01476 406080.