SILHILLIANS are being reminded to check a tradesperson has the right paperwork to dispose of waste to avoid paying a fixed penalty notice if their waste is fly-tipped.
Solihull Council has issued the warning after its Regulatory Services have investigated several recent incidents where residents have been fined because their household waste has been collected but then fly-tipped by an unlicensed waste carrier.
The Council is raising awareness that as a householder, you have a legal obligation (duty of care) to ensure that your waste is disposed of properly.
This means that residents are responsible for checking that anyone who offers to remove and dispose of waste is a registered waste carrier.
Councillor Wazma Qais, cabinet member for Communities and Leisure, said: “We want to make sure that householders in Solihull know what they need to do to prevent their waste from being dumped illegally.
“Don’t be afraid to ask your waste carrier for details of their registration and check the public register to ensure your waste will be disposed of correctly.
“Always ask for a proper invoice and receipt, and never accept unsolicited offers to have waste taken away.”
To check if a tradesperson has a licence ask for their registration number and checking their details via the Environment Agency’s public register online here.