As a householder, you have a legal obligation (duty of care) to take all reasonable measures to ensure that your waste is disposed of properly.
The Environmental Protection (Duty of Care) Regulations require all householders to make sure their waste is only removed from their premises by registered waste carriers.
These include Norse, who carry out the alternate fortnightly domestic waste collections on our behalf and any private waste collector who holds a waste carrier’s licence issued by the Environment Agency.
As part of the Tip-Off - stop fly-tipping in Suffolk campaign, the Suffolk Waste Partnership has produced 'Tripping up the Tippers', a video showing householders that they have a duty of care to ensure that their waste is disposed of legally. The video urges residents to check that anyone offering to take their waste away is legitimate and not a rogue trader looking to make easy money by fly-tipping waste.
The waste duty of care is an important weapon against waste crime. Unlicensed waste carriers are likely to cut corners in order to be able to offer their services at lower prices than the going rates, unfairly undercutting legitimate businesses who take their environmental responsibilities seriously.
Unlicensed carriers may be tempted to illegally dump, or 'fly-tip', the waste they collect in order to avoid the charges for proper disposal - not only does this have the obvious consequences of pollution and environmental damage, but the Council Tax payer has to fund the clear-up costs of waste dumped on public land, and landowners have to bear this cost themselves if waste is fly-tipped on private land.
If waste originating from your property is found to have been fly-tipped, you are obliged to provide us with details of who you gave it to, so that the matter can be taken up with that person directly. If you did not check that the person that you gave your waste to was authorised to accept it, and you can not provide this information when asked, then you may be prosecuted and run the risk of a £5,000 fine and a criminal record.
No. Householders can still dispose of their own waste at household waste recycling centres free of charge. If you are unable to take bulky items to one of the centres, Norse can collect and dispose of these items for a fee or there are a number of charity-run furniture projects locally that arrange for the reuse of unwanted furniture and other household items.
Whenever you are considering arranging for anyone other than Norse to collect any waste from your household, always carry out the following checks:
Remember - always ask for their waste carrier number and if in doubt check their details with the Environment Agency - it is you that could face a fine of up to £5,000 if you do not and your waste ends up dumped illegally.