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Monday, December 09, 2013

If your clearance company is caught fly-tipping you will be responsible

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:

  • Are you licenced by the environmental agency to remove and dispose of rubbish? Can I see the licence? Alternatively, if they can’t show you a licence, you can call the environmental agency and check with them if the company is licenced or not.

  • Once the clearance has been completed, but before you pay, ask for a receipt detailing the company details and/or a waste transfer note clearly stating that the rubbish is the clearance company’s responsibility to dispose of. This will act as proof if it is found that your things have been fly tipped.

  • Call and get quotes from 7-10 different companies, and avoid choosing which one you use on the sole basis of the price, remember that if they are going to dispose of your things properly they are going to have to pay to do so. If one particular company has a lower price than the rest, is it because they are fly tipping instead of paying these disposal fees? Think about how the person you are talking to from each company sounds, are they hesitant or shady? Can they answer your questions directly, and can they provide you with references? How long have they been trading for and are they reputable?

  • Do your research on the companies, go online and read real customer reviews to get a better idea of what the company is like.

  • Go with your gut feeling, if something is telling you to avoid a particular company listen to it.

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