Residents and traders reminded to use registered waste carriers

Published Friday, 15 February 2019

Residents and traders are being reminded to only employ registered waste carriers to remove their rubbish or unwanted goods.

The news follows prosecution of Tim Wright who appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to two fly-tipping offences under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, which had been discovered as part of an ongoing fly-tipping operation. The fly-tipping included demolition and construction waste, green waste and household waste at Kangley Bridge Road in Sydenham. The substantial amount of fly-tipped waste measured around 20 metres in length, 3 metres in width and 1.5 metres in height. He was ordered to pay fines and costs totaling £1,222.

“Residents and businesses are responsible for what happens to their waste and need to make sure that they always use registered waste carriers to remove it, and that businesses obtain a waste transfer note to show what it is and what will happen to it. Always check registered waste carriers on our website or call the Environment Agency hotline 03708 506 506” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.

In September 2018, the council’s CCTV unit reported that a large amount of waste had been deposited along the highway at Kangley Bridge Road in Sydenham. Further investigation revealed that Tim Wright, who confirmed that he had been carrying out works to a property in SE5, had transferred waste generated to somebody called “William” who had cold called at the property on a date he could not recall.

He paid £250 in cash to dispose of a full load of waste from the property and confirmed that William showed him a waste carrier licence and he would email a waste transfer note for the load. Despite Mr Wright trying to contact him, proof was not forthcoming and prosecution for the fly-tipping offences followed.

Residents and businesses must check each time that the person removing their unwanted goods or waste is a registered Environment Agency waste carrier. Registered waste carriers will be able to provide a registration number or certificate which residents should check on a live database for authenticity. Businesses should also obtain a waste transfer note as proof of what the waste is and where it is going.

Non-registered individuals and companies are likely to dump the waste to avoid paying disposal costs. This means residents could face a substantial fine if the fly-tipped waste is traced back to them.

Various types of waste including household, garden, demolition and construction waste is accepted all year round at the council’s reuse and recycling centres at Waldo Road and Churchfields Road. Anyone with garden waste to dispose of may become a member of the council’s garden waste collection service for an annual subscription of £60.

Residents and traders are advised not to use ‘cold callers’ to remove their waste or unwanted goods. If they need an old fridge / freezer, washing machine or other white goods removed and disposed for example, the advice is to arrange this through the retailer which is often cheaper than collection and disposal via the council’s bulky waste service.

The council is working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance, ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign and ‘stop and search’ operations.  They may also issue FPNs, prosecute offenders and seize vehicles from those involved in fly-tipping and unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers. In one such incident, a seized vehicle involved in fly-tipping was eventually crushed.

To find or check waste carriers search or call the Environment Agency hotline 03708 506 506. For more information and advice on all types of waste disposal, visit


Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 30 January 2019.

  • Tim Wright pleaded guilty to two fly-tipping offences under section 34 Environmental Protection Act 1990.

  • He was ordered to pay fines of £733, costs of £458 plus £73 surcharge.

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