Advice if you're paying someone to take rubbish away

You have a duty of care to ensure that your waste is disposed of correctly. If your waste is flytipped by a waste disposal service you have hired, you could face a fine of up to £400.

Rogue traders

Rogue traders are flytipping across Kent and can advertise themselves as waste disposal services, rubbish collectors, household clearance or someone with a van.

Their advertisements are regularly seen on social media or in local newspapers, often with too good to be true prices. Whilst some waste disposal businesses are legitimate, others are not. They charge residents to dispose of waste but then flytip it across Kent.

We are working with other local Kent councils to catch and prosecute flytippers, where if caught they can face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence.

Remember it is your responsibility to use a legal waste disposal service.

Protect yourself from rogue traders

Follow these steps to protect yourself from rogue waste collectors and traders:

  1. ask for their waste carrier registration number and check their legitimacy online by visiting the Environment Agency website
  2. ask where they dispose of their waste
  3. request a receipt or an invoice
  4. keep a note of all the information you receive from the waste collector or tradespeople.

If you are a business that regularly transports or disposes of waste, you can apply online for your licence via the Environment Agency’s website.

Report it

If they're not registered don't use them and inform Trading Standards of the rogue trader immediately by calling 0808 223 1133.

If you find flytipping you can report your findings to your local borough or district council.

Report flytipping

Bulky waste collection

Your local borough or district council will dispose of your waste responsibly for a small charge.

Contact your local council for more information.