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Croydon warns against rogue waste traders

Croydon Council is warning residents that failing to check a waste carrier’s licence could result in ‘prosecution, a large fine and a criminal record’.

It is a legal obligation for householders to ensure that waste is removed from their premises by registered waste carriers who hold a waste carrier’s licence issued by the Environment Agency (EA).

Residents found paying unlicensed waste carriers to remove their waste may be liable to prosecution and face a court appearance, a large fine and a criminal record.

As such, the council’s ‘Don’t Mess with Croydon’ campaign, is encouraging residents to take steps to protect themselves, including: asking to see relevant paperwork, including the waste carrier’s licence and public liability insurance; refusing to pay for jobs in cash; never doing business with cold callers; getting at least three quotes for jobs; following up on any references supplied; and using websites such as Trustmark or Trusted Traders to find vetted traders.

‘We’re determined to stamp out this criminal activity’

Councillor Mark Watson, Cabinet Member for Safety and Justice, said: “It’s important residents realise that they can’t simply get a man with a van to take away household, garden or building waste. If they do, there’s a good chance it’ll be dumped at the side of the road somewhere, and they could end up paying a much higher price than if they’d employed a registered carrier.

“As a council, we’re determined to stamp out this criminal activity and ask that if anybody has information that could lead to the prosecution of a fly-tipper, they give us a call on 020 8726 6200.”

Watson added that two cases of fly-tipping recently “left the council with a bill for tens of thousands of pounds in clearance charges – money that, at the end of the day, comes out of council taxpayers’ pockets”.

“Rogue traders, including unlicensed waste carriers, and fly-tipping are very real threats to residents and their communities”, he concluded.

Find out more about the ‘Don’t Mess with Croydon’ campaign.