Stoke-on-Trent residents have been warned to avoid using unlicensed waste removal businesses to dispose of their rubbish and unwanted bulky items after the council reported an increase in fly tipping.
The City Council runs a service where staff will collect five large items for £40. Householders have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally, which includes items like fridges, furniture and dishwashers.
Councillor Carl Edwards, cabinet member for housing and environment, said: “We have all seen posts on Facebook from people saying they will collect your rubbish for a low cost. If that company is not licensed and dumps your waste, it’s you, the householder who could receive a £400 fine.
“We run a fantastic service where our staff will come to your home and collect five large items for just £40. Any extra items are £8.
“Please do the right thing and don’t use an unlicensed company. Remember if the price you are given seems too good to be true, it probably is. Work with us and take pride in our city by joining our fight against fly-tippers.
“If you’re planning a spring clean of your home don’t risk a large fine. Get in touch with us and book a collection from our licensed team who will get rid of your items correctly and legally.”
Visit the council’s website to find out more information https://www.stoke.gov.uk/bulkywaste
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