You could be about to get a fine of £300 – read on to make sure this doesn’t come true!

If you have any unwanted items or household rubbish and you want someone to take it away, Fly-Tipping Action Wales is sending out the message that it is your duty to care who takes it away.

If you leave rubbish somewhere it shouldn’t be – i.e. anywhere that isn’t the bin or recycling centre – it is fly-tipping. It can be a single bin bag or thousands of tonnes of waste. It can be dangerous, pollute land and waterways and costs Local Authorities significant amounts of money to clear away.

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It is also a problem if you pay someone to take your waste away and they don’t take it to the proper place to dispose of it. When the waste is reported, it will be you that is landed with the fine, and you could also be prosecuted, with fines of up to £5000.

So…how can you make sure your waste goes to the right place?

Here are two simple steps to making sure what is being taken away will be disposed of properly:

  1. Check that the person or company taking your rubbish is a registered waste carrier. You can check online by visiting naturalresources.wales/checkWaste
  2. Always ask where your waste is going.

Fly-tipping Action Wales also recommends that you:

  • Record any checks that you make, including the operator’s registration number
  • Keep a receipt which includes a description of the waste and company used
  • Record details of the business or vehicle (registration, make, model, colour)

For advice on how to dispose of your household rubbish and unwanted items safely, legally and responsibly please visit the householder advice page.

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