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Householder Duty of Care

Did you know it is your responsibility to make sure any rubbish or waste you have is disposed of correctly? This is called the householder duty of care.

The Waste Enforcement Team is seeing an increase in the number of householders arranging their waste removal over social media. This is leaving residents exposed to fly tipping offences by not checking that the waste carrier they choose is legitimate.

If you have an excessive amount of waste to get rid of that you are unable to put in your bin or you cannot take it to your local tip (household waste recycling centre), it is your responsibility to make sure it is disposed of correctly. This means using a registered waste carrier.

Unfortunately there are people who will take your waste - usually at a lower price than an authorised waste carrier - and dispose of it illegally. This is classified as fly tipping.

There are a number of checks residents can take to ensure a waste carrier is legitimate. These include:

  • Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full name, address and phone number.
  • Ask to see their Waste Carrier License, which would be issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales. If they are unable to produce it, they may not be legal.
  • Check for registered waste carriers on the Natural Resources Wales website 
  • Ask for a headed receipt – a genuine company will supply one as a matter of course.
  • Ask where they take your waste - a genuine company will be able to show you transfer notes from the waste recycling centre they use.
  • Get quotes from different waste carriers – if one or two are substantially cheaper, ask yourself why. If the price quoted seems too good to be true, it probably is.
  • Take a note of the registration number of the vehicle that removes your waste.

If you don’t make these checks then you could receive a £300 fine. You can also be prosecuted, with fines of up to £5,000.


More information is available on the Natural Resources Wales website