Beware of Cowboy Rubbish Clearance Companies!

If you pay someone to clear rubbish from your home, take away garden waste, empty your garage or clear your commercial premises, you expect the job to be done at a time to suit you and at a cost you can afford, which is fair enough. But wait, have you ever given any thought to what happens to the stuff that the waste disposal people take away? Do you ever wonder where it ends up? Well you should.

Not all rubbish disposal and waste clearance companies operate in the same scrupulous way as Gumamah members, and you may have seen documentaries and news stories about disposal companies who have been paid to take away waste and then have simply dumped it. These unscrupulous people don’t care what happens to the waste they remove, and take no pains to dispose of it appropriately. Even hiring a skip doesn’t guarantee that the contents are going to end up where they should.

A poisonous pit

There was a story in the news recently about a businessman who advertised that he could dispose of waste (including quite harmful substances) safely and in an eco-friendly way. He was offering bargain prices, but what he was actually doing was to bring the substances back to his premises and simply tip the whole lot (solids and liquids) together into a large pit on his property. The case came to light when neighbours noticed foul-smelling liquid running off his land and into a nearby stream which had become heavily polluted and all the surrounding wildlife and vegetation was dying as a result. He was fined and barely escaped prison, but he is not alone.

Cowboy companies

Renovate, Wallpaper, Garbage Bag

Another favourite trick of cowboy companies is to simply dump your waste in a convenient place, whether that be in a town on some spare land, or in the countryside. There have been cases where the dumped waste has been traced back to the original owner, maybe because there was an address left inside a bin bag, or a piece of traceable equipment was disposed of in this way. This can result in unpleasantness all round, as no-one wants to be accused of littering or fly tipping when they have acted in good faith. You could even be fined or face prison!

Go with the good guys

The best answer is to only deal with approved rubbish clearance and removal firms such as the members featured on the Gumamah network. All members comply with local authority guidelines and are environmentally approved. They will happily sort through the items you need to dispose of, and take care that anything that can be re-used or recycled is put to a new use – they routinely achieve an 85% recycling rate. Anything that can’t be recycled will then be safely disposed of in the right way according to the letter and the spirit of the environmental standards.

You can be sure that with a Gumamah team on the job, your rubbish will be cheerfully, safely and legally disposed of, and nothing will come back to bite you!

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