Beware rogue waste clearance operators

Published on: Thursday, 03-September-2015

Knowsley householders having an autumn clear out should make sure anyone offering to take away waste is authorised to do so.

Residents using private contractors to remove household, garden or construction waste must make sure the company or individual is a registered waste carrier.

You are advised to:

  • Ring the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 to check their credentials or visit their website
  • Ask where they’re proposing to take your waste and if they have a waste transfer note.
  • Don’t pay cash. Ask for an invoice and pay by a secure payment method or cheque, so payments can be traced if the waste is fly tipped.
  • If it sounds too good to be true it probably is. If you’re hiring a skip, the average cost should be around £200.
  • Never agree to cold callers offering any type of home improvements work, roofing, gardening services, tree surgery or household waste removal.

Not checking you’re hiring a registered operator could be more expensive in the long run, as there’s an unlimited fine for householders who fail to hire an authorised waste carrier.


Cllr Brian O’Hare, Chair of Knowsley Council’s Public Health and Neighbourhoods Committee explained: “Householders could face an unlimited fine if they haven’t taken reasonable steps to ensure their waste is passed on to an authorised waste carrier.”

A waste carrier registration is normally needed for the following categories:

  • All building and associated trades;
  • Landscape gardeners, tree fellers and surgeons;
  • House clearers;
  • Retail establishments and;
  • Scrap metal dealers.

Alternatively residents can dispose of their waste at Knowsley’s two Household Recycling and Waste Centres run by the Merseyside Recycling and Waste Authority at Wilson Road, Huyton and Depot Road, Kirkby.