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Smethwick woman fined £400 after rubbish dumped in Black Patch

Published 29th September 2021

Perrott Street dumped rubbish

A Smethwick woman who paid an unlicensed waste carrier to take away bags of rubbish which were later dumped has been fined £400.

Sandwell Council’s environmental enforcement officers came across the fly-tipped rubbish in the Black Patch area last week.

Evidence found in the bags linked the waste with an address – where the householder admitted paying someone £80 to dispose of them.

Under the Householder’s Duty of Care, anyone paying someone to dispose of any waste must ensure they use a reputable business with a waste carriers licence. Householders must also retain documents from the waste carrier which states the waste carrier’s name, address, waste carrier licence number, registration number, what they are collecting and where they are taking it to dispose of.

The woman whose rubbish was dumped in Smethwick did not have such documentation and she was ordered to pay a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.

Residents can instantly check if someone has a waste carriers licence by visiting the Environment Agency's public register.

Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for environment Councillor Ahmad Bostan said: “This is a lesson to anyone using unlicensed waste carriers that you could be risking a big fine if they do not dispose of your rubbish legally.

“Many people use social media sites to find people who remove waste. However, they often don’t have waste carrier licences, and they don’t give the householder the proper documents to show they are disposing of the waste legally.

“If a householder fails to comply with their responsibilities, they will receive a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN).

“The FPN is reduced to £200 if paid within 10 days – but it’s still a big fine, especially if someone has already spent money on having rubbish removed by an individual or company who then goes on to dump it.”

An image of the rubbish dumped in Black Patch has joined Sandwell Council’s new wall of shame, alongside other fly-tipping incidents from across Smethwick and the wider borough. The wall of shame shows fly-tipping offences captured around Sandwell and appeals for information to find the culprits.

Anyone who has any information on any of the fly-tipping offences featured on the wall of shame should email where information will be treated in the strictest confidence.

By law, householders are responsible for making sure the person who collects their waste is a licensed waste carrier.

Householders in Sandwell face a £400 fixed penalty notice in the following situations:

  • where fly-tipped waste can be traced back to an individual who is found to have failed to take reasonable steps to ensure they transferred the waste to an authorised person
  • where an unauthorised carrier is found to be carrying household waste that was directly transferred to them by the householder
  • where an individual is found to have transferred their household waste to an unauthorised person at a site that does not have a permit or exemption

To check if people are registered/licensed:

  • ask to see their waste carrier’s certificate - they should show you the original copy
  • do not use waste contractors that won’t show you this
  • keep a record of their details in case they fly-tip your waste and it is traced back to you

You can instantly check their waste carrier licence by visiting the Environment Agency's public register or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.


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