Monday, December 09, 2013
When employing a clearance company it is important that you ask questions about the company and understand how exactly they intend to dispose of your waste once they have finished the clearance. Reputable companies will be able to give you straightforward answers, most of them are able to recycle about 90% of your waste and dispose of the rest correctly, and should provide you with a waste transfer note. Rogue companies, however, may fly tip your rubbish in an attempt to reduce overheads which could have great consequences for you.
What is fly tipping?
Fly-tipping is illegal, it is defined as the act of dumping rubbish in places not licensed to take it. This generally occurs in quieter or rural areas, where it is unlikely to be obvious and cause much danger.
How is fly-tipping beneficial to a clearance company?
When a clearance company removed rubbish from your home, they will then need to take it to a waste disposal centre to get rid of it. Depending on which waste disposal centre the company uses the price may vary, but regardless the clearance company must pay by the tonne, to dispose of your things. This comes out of the money that you have paid them to complete the job, when you factor in all the other things diluting that price you paid (such as staff wages, fuel costs, insurance etc.) it becomes clear why fly-tipping and avoiding paying the disposal fees can seem attractive.
What are the consequences for you, the customer?
As it is your waste, it is your responsibility to make sure that the waste is disposed of correctly. If the clearance company were to fly tip the rubbish and it were to be tracked back to you, you may be liable to pay a fine of up to £5000 for irresponsible waste disposal.
Tips on avoiding a fly-tipping company: call or visit a range of companies before you consider hiring one, and ask some of the following questions: