Your Waste, Your Crime

There are a number of illegal businesses operating in the district, which will collect your waste (including garden waste, rubble, excess bags, furniture and electrical goods) and then dump it illegally – also known as flytipping.

In these cases, you as the producer of the waste could end up with a criminal record and an unlimited fine – even if you weren’t the one who dumped the waste.

Under the Duty of Care, part of the Environmental Protection Act, anyone who produces waste must take reasonable steps to ensure their waste in managed properly – this includes ensuring it is disposed of correctly.

Protecting yourself

Not all waste collectors are acting illegally. There are some businesses in the district that can legitimately collect your waste. 

If you are a householder, you are required to take reasonable steps to check the people removing waste from your premises are authorised to do so.

Reasonable steps to take:

  • Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number
  • Ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency
  • Contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively you can check online on the Environment Agency website.

If the waste collector does not produce a license and you cannot find them listed on the Environment Agency website, do not let them take your waste.

How can the Council help?

We offer a number of options if you need to get rid of some waste items:

  • Recycling centres – if you have access to your own transport you can take waste to one of the three recycling centres in the district. They are open seven days a week, and are free for all Wakefield residents. Locations and opening times
  • Bulky collections - we offer a bulky collection service. It costs £20.77 per collection, and you can dispose of up to three items per collection. Further information / book a collection
  • Skip hire - if you have a few items to get rid of, you can hire one of skips. Further information

Donate to charity

If you need to get rid of furniture of electrical items, have you considered donating them to a local charity?

Many will collect your items for free, providing them to people in need, or selling them to continue funding their services. Check with your local charity shops or websites for more details on the items they need.