If you employ the services of a private waste collector, you must take reasonable steps to ensure they are a licensed carrier.
You can check if they are registered by searching for their details on the Environment Agency's Register of waste carriers, brokers and dealers.
Any bona fide waste carrier will show you a certificate or authorisation card proving they are a registered carrier.
We recommend that you do not engage with anyone who comes knocking on your door for a cash deal to take away your waste.
If you do, we advise to get a receipt and make a note of the registration number of the vehicle taking your waste.
Remember, if you transfer waste to an unauthorised waste carrier and the waste is then fly tipped you may then be liable to prosecution.
If you have bulky household waste to dispose of such as white goods or furniture, you can book a bulky waste collection.
Find out more about Bulky Waste Collections.