If you employ an individual or business to remove waste from your property or business you have a responsibility to ensure they dispose of it legitimately, for instance at a household waste and recycling centre or licensed/permitted site.
You have a legal responsibility to check they have a waste carriers licence (Upper Tier). You can do this on the Environment Agency's website or by contacting them by telephone on 0370 850 6506. If they can't produce this licence do not employ them, but report them to the Environment Agency.
If you are a householder you should ask the waste carrier for a receipt documenting the waste that was taken from you, by who and at what cost. If they are not able to provide this do not employ them.
If you are a business you must also ask the waste carrier for a waste transfer note documenting what waste was taken from you, and who it was given to. You can view an example waste transfer note by visiting the GOV.UK website. You must keep these documents for two years.
If an individual collects scrap metal from you you must check they have a scrap metal licence issued by us. You can check this on the Environment Agency's website or by contacting them by telephone on 0370 850 6506. Alternatively as we issue the licence you can email us at email@example.com or call us on 01423 500600. If they can't produce this licence do not employ them, but report them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01423 500600.
If you do not carry out these checks or retain the necessary paperwork you are liable to a fixed penalty notice of £300 or prosecution which could result in an unlimited fine.
In addition if your waste ends up being fly-tipped then you can be prosecuted
Page last updated 14/09/2018