Residents urged to use an official waste carrier or face a fine

Residents are being reminded of their responsibilities when it comes to waste disposal.

Government legislation stipulates that only authorised collectors can be used to take away waste that is not being removed as part of normal household collections.

Examples include old appliances and waste generated from a DIY project or a house clearance. 

Collection services are often advertised on social media sites but the operators may not have the correct authorisation.

If residents fail to check their collector’s credentials, they could face a fixed penalty notice of up to £400.

Cllr Norman MacRae, Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “Many people may not be aware but as well as prosecuting unregistered carriers who may be fly tipping in the District, those that hired them in the first place could be fined.

“Fly tipping is a scourge on the environment and will not be tolerated. Anyone condoning it, whether they are aware of the legislation or not, will be dealt with accordingly.”

The new fines have been introduced as an amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Residents can check whether a waste carrier is registered at
https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

The fixed penalty notice of £400 will be reduced to £200 provided payment is made within 10 days of the notice being issued.

The move to issue fixed penalty notices was recommended at a meeting of the Cabinet on Wednesday 15 January and will be considered by fully Council on 22 January.

 

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB