There have been a number of instances where residents have employed rogue waste carriers advertising on social media, and in particular Facebook. Rogue waste carriers will offer to take away your rubbish for a fee.
Council investigations have revealed that these rogue waste carriers, advertising as a ‘man with a van’, are not registered waste carriers and are acting illegally by taking residents waste and then fly-tipping it.
All residents and businesses have a legal responsibility to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly; if you let an unregistered waste carrier take away your rubbish, you are breaking the law and may be liable to a fine and even a criminal record. There is a Code of Practice which sets out the requirements of the Waste Duty of Care issued under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
A Brigg man was recently prosecuted after advertising his services as ‘a man with a van’ on Facebook. He took a number of residents’ money and rubbish and then dumped it at night down country roads and bridleways across North Lincolnshire.
Four residents who had paid for their rubbish to be removed by the man were interviewed under caution as part of our investigation. The four residents were subsequently issued with formal written cautions.
The fly-tipper received a fine of £1,349, a 12 week suspended prison sentence, 180 hours community service and placed under a four week curfew on a tag 9pm to 6am.
Make sure you check that anyone taking away your waste is a registered waste carrier. Remember, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.