HIPPO helps residents safely dispose of waste

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Residents across the UK risk hefty fines as waste disposal changes lead to increased fly-tipping. UK householders will be at risk of breaking the law in the coming months as a result of waste disposal changes.

Hampshire will be one of the first councils to implement new rules as a result of government budget cuts, which are due to come into effect on 1st October 2016. Other councils across the UK are bracing themselves for similar changes. People can visit Gov.uk to check their local tip and find out how the updates will affect their region.

Tips in Hampshire will begin operating under reduced hours and charging for the disposal of certain types of waste. Using a local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) may become too much time, effort and money for many residents, leaving them to seek alternative ways to dispose of their waste. An increase in rogue traders offering to take waste from consumers’ homes leaves uninformed residents at risk.

Every person who unknowingly uses an unlicensed operator to take care of their waste is at risk of facing charges. When a rogue trader dumps waste illegally, a hefty fine lands with the innocent person who hired the trader to get rid of their waste in good faith.

Local authorities in England dealt with a staggering 900,000 incidents of fly-tipping in 2014– 15, an increase of nearly 6% on 2013–14, with nearly two thirds of fly-tips involving household waste.

It’s never been more important to make sure that you’re using a waste disposal company with the right credentials. Waste that’s incorrectly disposed of can be traced back to an individual and result in a large fine. Residents can use the EA Waste Carriers Checklist to check that they’re dealing with a business that is licensed to transfer waste.

HIPPO MD Gareth Lloyd-Jones said, “These changes in public waste disposal are causing a big shift in how households can get rid of their waste. At HIPPO, we see it as our responsibility, alongside others in the waste industry, to not only educate households as to how to legally and safely dispose of their rubbish, but also to ensure that the services we offer evolve to meet the new needs of residential customers.”


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