Waste - your legal responsibilities

You are legally required to make sure that any waste you get rid of is not at risk of being fly-tipped.

If someone offers to take your old bathroom suite, kitchen units or other bulky waste away for a small charge, they may be dumping your waste illegally. 

If anyone illegally dumps waste they have collected from your house, you could be fined an unlimited amount or receive a prison sentence of up to 5 years.

This includes builders or contractors doing work for you, or a man-with-a-van service.

Check your waste is being disposed of legally

  • check the Environment Agency's register of waste carriers to make sure that the person taking your waste away is registered
  • ask where your waste is being taken
  • get a receipt, including a description of the waste
  • make a note of their vehicle registration number

If you want to make sure your waste is disposed of legally, we provide a free bulky waste collection service for things like large items of furniture and cookers, fridges and freezers. We also have a collection service for DIY waste for things like doors. bathroom suites, kitchen units, bricks and rubble.