Once again, the problem of bogus waste disposal ‘experts’ has been highlighted in the press. Groups of people and individuals who claim to be legitimate waste disposal companies are advertising on social media sites such as Facebook, and they often offer really cheap rates – in fact the rates are really too good to be true. Once these ‘experts’ get their hands on your rubbish, they don’t recycle it or treat it appropriately, much of it gets fly tipped and illegally dumped. Any householder or business owner who hires one of these fake firms could find themselves fined up to £5,000 if the waste is dumped and subsequently traced back to them.
Examples quoted in the press highlight the problem – a Wolverhampton man received a £440 fine plus £1064 costs when a firm advertising on Facebook took his waste away, and simply dumped it in a country park. He was totally innocent of the fly tipping offence, but as it was his waste, he received the sanction. In another case, a Somerset woman was fined £290 after a Facebook contact dumped her rubbish in a country lane. A London builder was told his builder’s rubble had been dumped illegally, and even though he cleared it all away himself, he still got fined £670. A man from Somerset who ‘paid a bloke £30’ for rubbish removal had to stand fines and costs of over £200 – talk about false economy.
Crackdown on Fly Tipping
Local authorities throughout the UK are cracking down on illegal waste dumping and fly tipping because they are faced with huge bills to clear up after each incident. They go carefully through the tipped items, looking for addresses and serial numbers on items that can be traced back to the original owner, so there is really nowhere to hide. You can understand their frustration – the waste isn’t just dumped in areas of natural beauty and remote locations, which is bad enough, some fly tippers are brazen enough to simply dump it in the streets and cul-de-sacs of towns and cities.
What can you do?
The problem for the homeowner or business owner who needs to clear away rubbish is; if you hire someone in good faith the remove waste on your behalf, how can you be sure they are legitimate? The answer is not to search or advertise on social media for waste disposal services, or accept an offer for cheap waste removal service by someone coming to your door. You need to go to a reputable source of rubbish removal experts, and that’s where the Gumamah network of waste removal teams comes in.
You should always check the credentials of anyone who offers waste removal services, and all our network members hold relevant approvals for handling rubbish and waste. With average recycling rates of 85%, our network members will always ensure your rubbish ends up exactly where it should, and nowhere else, leaving you with a clear home, garage or workshop, and a clear conscience.