We all have a legal obligation, or duty of care, to ensure our household or business waste is disposed of correctly. The best way to stop organised fly tipping is to make sure that only authorised waste carriers take your waste away.

Always follow the ‘SCRAP code’ if you are having household waste removed:


Do not let waste carriers take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate. A professional waste carrier should happily answer reasonable questions.


Ask them for their waste carrier’s registration details, then verify them by searching the Environment Agency website or by calling 03708 506 506. Very few people do this, but it’s essential and any responsible waste carrier should be happy to cooperate. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away. 


If you do not trust that someone who you have spoken to will be disposing of waste legally, report their vehicle registration and name to the Environment Agency (03708 506 506).


What will happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.


Make sure you get a proper invoice, waste transfer note or a receipt for your waste removal. This should give a description of the waste and provide the waste carrier’s contact details.

Let’s work together to SCRAP fly tipping!