Where the business offering the service is a registered waste carrier and is taking the waste to a legitimate, permitted site then they are safe to use.
The Council is warning residents to be vigilant when taking up offers from individuals posing as legitimate waste disposal businesses during this time.
Most people are doing the right thing and continuing to minimise the waste they produce and dispose of it correctly.
However, we are seeing an increase in the number of “man in a van” type operations being set up, who are posing as legitimate waste disposal businesses and are taking advantage of the current crisis by offering to take residents’ waste away for a small cash fee. Some of these operations are not registered or authorised to take waste away and are, in fact, illegal.
Some of these operations are not registered or authorised to take waste away and are illegal.
The law has not changed and, as an occupier of a domestic property, residents have a legal duty to make sure that their household waste, produced on their property, is passed to an authorised person for correct disposal. This is detailed in Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Legislation requires a resident to:
Check with Natural Resources Wales that the person or company that they are using is a registered waste carrier
Ask where the waste is being taken to
As a resident, you must by law dispose of your own waste responsibly. If your waste is found to be dumped illegally, whether you know about it or not, you could face a fine of up to £5,000. Anyone caught fly-tipping will face prosecution and a large fine. We will continue our enforcement efforts on behalf of Flintshire residents and prosecute offenders whenever the evidence allows.
While we have some sympathy with residents who may have quantities of waste building up, we must emphasise that, for everyone's health and safety, please dispose of your waste responsibly or keep it at home until the Household Recycling Centres are open again when the lockdown restrictions are lifted.
We are continuing to pick up waste and recycling from the kerbside, so that there is no need to travel.
Recycling points are still available at some supermarkets, but residents are requested not to make special visits to them, in line with government guidance, but to use them while doing their essential shopping.
To assist you with checking for licenced companies, Natural Resources Wales holds information on their public register. Please use their website to check any company you may be intending to use.