Posted on: Tuesday 14 August 2018
Torfaen residents are being advised to use legally registered waste carriers when disposing of household waste, or risk being hit with thousands of pounds in fines.
Two thirds of all illegally dumped waste in Wales comes from residential households, and householders have a legal responsibility to ensure that their waste is disposed of properly.
Householders should always ask to see a current waste carrier license before allowing a tradesperson to remove waste on their behalf. If waste is found illegally dumped, householders could face fines of up to £5000.
It is also recommended that they request a receipt, and take down details such as names, contact numbers and vehicle registration details.
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said: “We are seeing an increase in rogue traders knocking on doors, or advertising via social media, encouraging householders to hand over money to dispose of waste, then fly tipping it in a local green space.
“Not only does this blight our environment, the householder themselves could face huge fines if the culprit is caught and it is found that the proper checks weren’t carried out.
“If you are paying someone to take your waste away then you should always ask to see a waste carrier license and for a receipt. Taking down information like the person’s name, contact number and a vehicle registration number will also help to cover you if your waste does end up fly tipped.”
Registered waste carriers can be checked with Natural Resources Wales by calling 0300 065 3000.
Most household waste that can’t be recycled at the kerbside can be taken free of charge to the household waste recycling centre. The council also offers a bulky item collection service which can be booked online via the council’s website, the Torfaen app, or by calling 01495 762200.