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Residents Urged to Keep Waste to a Minimum

Residents Urged to Keep Waste to a Minimum

Published by Matthew Pells at 8:21am 4th April 2020. (Updated at 9:53am 4th April 2020)

North Yorkshire County Council is encouraging householders to reduce the waste they create while the county’s household waste recycling centres (HWRCs) are temporarily closed and kerbside collection services are under pressure.

The authorities twenty HWRCs closed in March for the safety of staff and to discourage unnecessary travel. District and borough councils are prioritising collection of general waste for public health reasons.

The council say..

"We understand that while people are confined at home they may generate more waste, particularly if they have food and other essentials delivered. We ask them to minimise this as far as possible to support the efforts of the refuse collection teams.

Consider carefully any DIY or gardening projects. Bulky waste created can’t be taken to a household waste recycling centre and bulky items or garden waste should not be added to your general waste bin. Bulky waste would need to be stored at your home until the HWRCs are able to reopen. If you don’t have space, please don’t do such work.

Do not fly tip. It is an offence punishable by fines or imprisonment and offenders will be prosecuted.

Enquiries about kerbside collections should be made to district or borough councils."

Meanwhile residents in the East Riding are being encouraged to help prevent fly-tipping during the coronavirus lockdown by not giving their rubbish to unlicensed waste collectors.

As in North Yorkshire all household waste recycling sites in the East Riding are closed following Government advice, as a trip to the tip is not considered essential travel at the present time.

Wast Riding of Yorkshire Council is asking residents to please keep items they want to take to recycling sites at home for the time being.

Bin collections are continuing for household waste.

But the council’s enforcement officers are aware that fly-tippers are still operating in the East Riding area and may be taking advantage of the closure of the recycling sites.

The council will continue to operate its normal investigations in response to fly-tipping and residents are urged to report any suspicious activity they may become aware of during the lockdown period.

To help prevent fly-tipping happening in the first place, residents who hire someone to take waste are asked to follow the SCRAP CODE to check whether the operator they use is authorised and genuine.

Firms operating legally will hold a waste carriers’ licence and be registered with the Environment Agency. Residents can check that registration online at or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

“Fly-tipping has continued since the coronavirus lockdown, but residents can play a big part in helping us prevent it.

If you hire a waste collector always follow the simple checks in the SCRAP Code, such as checking their licence and getting a receipt, to avoid falling victim to rogue operators.

If you are unsure we would ask you to keep hold of your waste until the household waste recycling sites are back open.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice and, if unpaid, the issue will be taken to court, where they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.


Residents are urged to follow the council’s SCRAP Code and make the following checks when hiring anyone to take away their rubbish:

  • Suspect – Beware of rogue waste carriers. Reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If in any doubt as to whether someone is a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.
  • Check – Ask to see their waste carrier registration details and verify them by checking the online register at or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
  • Refuse – Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
  • Ask – Always ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
  • Paperwork – Make sure you get a proper receipt containing the written information for your waste. This should include what has been removed and where it will be going. Make sure the firm’s or trades person’s details are included.




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Tazmum, on 4th April 2020 11:07am
The tip closures seem counter intuitive to me. Because they are at home, people are doing more clearing out of their lofts, sheds and garages. Getting out into their gardens, where they have them and pruning, tidying etc. Going to the tip for most local people is a short car journey; with a queueing system in place it should be easy enough to keep everyone distanced and safe, including the people who work there. I, for one, would really appreciate the re-opening of the sites, maybe on reduced hours, to save a huge backlog later.

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