Cheap waste removal costs more than you think

A Kingston resident has been fined £300 for failing to ensure his household waste was correctly disposed of.

The resident paid a 'man in a van' to remove and dispose of his waste, who subsequently fly-tipped it. 

Officers identified the source of the dumped waste and the owner was issued with a fixed penalty notice. 

What is fly-tipping?

Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of waste. It can be liquid or solid in nature and can vary in scale significantly from a single bin bag to mattresses, sofas, fridges, old kitchens, rubble and tyres.

Residents are legally responsible for any household waste produced on their property. You could face an unlimited fine if your waste ends up fly-tipped and you cannot show that you took reasonable steps to prevent it.

What steps can I take?

You have a duty of care to ensure you waste is disposed of in the correct way. In addition to our kerbside collection service, you can:

If you are using a waste carrier (other than the council) to remove household, garden or construction waste always ask for their waste carrier number. If in doubt check their details on the public register of waste carriers, or call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506.

How do I report fly-tipping?

Please use our online reporting tool if you spot large collections of rubbish or illegally dumped items.