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The price of using an unlicensed waste remover

When seeking to have waste removed, it can seem like there are lots of options available from skip hire, skip bag, grab truck, van and man and more, it can seem somewhat overwhelming! First thing you need to do is identify what type of waste you have that needs clearing, whether general waste, to heavy rubble so as you’re able to understand the type of waste service you require. If you need general or mixed types of waste cleared such as furniture or household waste, then typically a van and man service is suitable, if heavy rubble, then skip hire would typically be the best option to move such a heavy load.

Once you’ve identified the type of service you require, you then need to know if the person or firm you’re talking to are genuine and compliant with waste and environmental law. There are a few steps you can take to quickly establish this and the questions you need to ask yourself are -

1. Does the van and man only take cash? If so, this could be a warning sign as typically unlicensed and illegal operators don’t want to leave a money trail. A good waste remover would allow for card payments.

2. Does the van and man use company van branding and branded uniform? If not, this could be a warning sign that the van and man doesn’t want to be identified.

3. Is the price too good to be true? Have you been offered a quote that’s much lower than others and doesn’t seem right? If it seems too good to be true it probably is.

4. Does the van and man have a waste carriers license? Probably the quickest and easiest way of establishing if a person is compliant. If they don’t show you a waste carriers license or make excuses when asked, you’re probably talking to a fly-tipper.

Using an unlicensed van and man can often come with a cheap quote which can seem attractive, but what is the actual cost to you and your community?

If you engage with a fly-tipper either knowingly or unknowingly, then not only could the fly-tipper be fined and prosecuted, but you could also be prosecuted and handed a £400 council PCN fine.

Councils often rummage through fly-tipped waste to find personal details to find and prosecute the owner of the waste. It pays to do some research first.

The price of using a fly-tipper to the environment and local communities is also high. The countryside is often the target of fly-tippers and fly-tipped waste can cause irreparable damage from causing water contamination to small mammals and farm animals being affected by consuming or getting trapped in the waste. Fly-tipped waste also affects local communities by causing unsightly scenes to unwanted smells and rodents. Another affect is to house prices which can be diminished in fly-tipped hot-spot areas.

If you have any suspicions that you’re talking with a fly-tipper or illegal operator, please think first about the wider cost to not only yourself but those around you.

Bearwaste are a firm that subscribes to all relevant environmental law and care about the areas we work in as we, like you are part of the local community. We’re not saying you need to use Bearwaste to remove your rubbish, as there are other competent and compliant waste operators available, we just ask you do a little research first and please always consider the price of a cheap quote before making a considered decision.

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