Reports are growing of operators are promising to get rid of waste cheaply but it can end up dumped in the countryside or supermarket car parks.
The council wants to make sure residents are aware waste is the responsibility of the householder. If fly-tipping is traced back to them, they could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.
Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “We know many residents have been occupying their time doing DIY and clearing rubbish from their homes and gardens during lockdown but I would urge them to think twice if anyone offers to get rid of their rubbish cheaply.
“Ensure they have the proper paperwork or, if in any doubt, avoid using them as the fine for fly-tipping is considerable.”
Anyone offering to take waste away should hold a waste carrier’s licence issued by the Environment Agency (EA) which should be presented at the time.
This can be checked on the EA website or individuals can call 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check.
If the person offering to take waste away does hold a waste carrier’s licence, residents should ensure they also receive a transfer note detailing what has been collected.
Residents are reminded that the Dix Pit household waste recycling centre at Stanton Harcourt is now open and a full bulky waste collection service is also available.
To book a bulky waste collection, see: