Having a spring clean this Easter? Please dispose of your waste responsibly

Many of us will be choosing the Easter bank holidays as the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in the home or garden.

Household Waste Recycling Centres (tips/dumps) are open during bank holidays. However, they can be busy. Have a quicker trip to the tip by remembering to sort your waste into different materials before you go. You can check for queues before visiting by viewing the live webcams. For more information about what materials are accepted at the HWRCs, as well as locations, opening hours and restrictions, please visit our Recycling centres page.

If you're having a clear-out at home, you may wish to double check that you're putting the right materials in the right bin - you can do so using the information on our Bins and recycling page. Bin collections will be affected by the upcoming bank holidays - please refer to your Waste Collection Calendars or check your collection day online.

If you're planning on getting rid of items that still have plenty of life left in them, remember that it's much better for the environment to give them a new life by either selling them, donating them to charity or giving them away free. There are a range of different ways you can do this such as charity shops, Facebook marketplace, eBay, and many more.

If you have larger items that no longer work and need to be disposed of, then we offer a Bulky Waste Collection service. Find out more on our Bulky items collection page.

Remember, it's down to you to ensure that your waste is always dealt with responsibly. All householders and businesses have a legal 'Duty of Care'. Leaving items out for collection or using an unlicensed waste carrier can mean that your items end up fly-tipped. If they're traced back to you, then you will be the one who can face an unlimited fine.

Always follow the SCRAP code, which provides a useful checklist to follow when arranging collections of waste.

  • Suspect all waste carriers - do not let them take your waste until they have proven themselves to be legitimate.
  • Check their waste carrier’s registration details on the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
  • Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away.
  • Ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately.
  • Paperwork should be obtained. 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.

Research shows that approximately two thirds of fly-tipping incidents are as a result of normal household waste that has 'leaked' from established waste disposal routes. Find out more on our Fly-tipping page.