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Monday 29 January

Make sure your rubbish isn't dumped

Littering, in all its forms, is everyone’s problem. That’s why we’re encouraging local residents to think cleaner about how they get rid of their rubbish.

One area where cleaner thinking can make a big difference is fly-tipping. Many people might not realise that, by using an unlicensed waste carrier, they could be contributing to this scourge of our borough’s beauty spots.

"I didn’t think they’d dump it" is not an excuse. If fly-tipped rubbish is traced back to you, and you can’t prove who took it off your hands, you’ll have failed in your legal 'duty of care' and could be held responsible.

You could get an unlimited fine, a criminal record and be charged for the cost of clearing up your fly-tipped waste. 

So, think cleaner! If you have large items to get rid of, but can’t get to the tip, our bulky waste collection service could fill the bill – and there’s no danger of your old fridge ending up in a local field. Find out more about the service here

If our service isn’t right for you, think carefully before paying for your rubbish to be taken away: if someone tells you on social media that they can do the job at a very low rate, cash in hand, ask yourself how they can afford to do it so cheaply. Watch our video about this issue here - and remember, when something looks too good to be true, it often is.

Check with the Environment Agency that whoever you pay to take away your waste has a licence to do so: call 03708 506 506 or go to

And always make sure you get and keep your waste carrier’s contact details – ideally from a receipt or invoice.

Saying "I didn’t think to check them out" won’t help if your waste carrier ends up dumping your rubbish illegally. So think cleaner and help us keep Swale clean.

Find out more about what we’re doing to tackle litter here.

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