Waste Carrier Licence details: The Witham House Clearances website is part of the Essex House Clearances group of websites. We are are fully licenced under UK Environmental Agency legislation with an Upper-Tier waste carrier licence. An Upper-Tier waste carrier licence is a legal requirement for any organisation or individual who offers any form of waste or property clearance service. A ‘lower tier’ licence is only legally acceptable if the organisation clearing your property is a registered charity / voluntary group.
Why does a waste licence matter?
We all know that areas of Essex have long been favourite dumping grounds for fly-tippers, typically unethical individuals (and sometimes firms) offering dirt-cheap clearance services, taking your money and then dumping your belongings in the countryside.
Waste carrier licences are issued by the UK Environmental Agency, add traceability and require holders to dispose of unwanted items at registered recycling stations (where the licence must be shown and the transfer recorded). If anyone collects any type of waste from you, they require an upper-tier waste licence by law, which costs only £150 for 3 years. There is also a (free) lower-tier licence available, but these are for businesses which dispose of their own waste – NOT yours – or for registered charities / voluntary organisations.
Putting the licence fee into perspective, you might wonder what the chances are that someone willing to break the law to save £150 for a licence won’t also avoid paying to dispose of your house contents legally (typically £190-200 per ton or a full 3.5 ton transit van load). If you’d rather that the contents of your property don’t get dumped in a quiet country lane, (if contacted by the council or police you’ll need to prove it wasn’t you who dumped it there) you should only deal with properly licenced companies. The risk is that if you don’t, your dirt-cheap waste removal costs could turn into a very expensive criminal conviction for fly-tipping!
Licences for all registered UK clearance companies can be checked here: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers or you can go straight to our licence by clicking the Gov.uk link below.