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 an affordable 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.