If you have rubbish or waste which cannot be collected with your household collection service, you must ensure it is disposed of safely and responsibly. There are a number of ways you can get rid of items, for example, you can donate your items or take them to the tip.

Donate your items to charity

Did you know you can donate your unwanted furniture and electrical items? Here's a selection of charities that will take your items and some will even collect your items for free:

Paying someone to take your rubbish away

It is your duty to ensure rubbish and waste is disposed of safely and responsibly.

Before you allow anyone to remove your rubbish or waste, you must ensure they that they are registered as a Waste Carrier with the Environment Agency.

Do not use unlicensed waste collection services. Be especially careful of those that advertise on social media for cheap prices. Some may be legitimate businesses, but others are not.

Never advertise on social media for a waste carrier. Many responses will be from illegitimate carriers and result in your rubbish being fly-tipped. Always research the company or individual you use and do not rely on positive feedback, as this may be false.

If you use an unlicensed waste removal service you commit a criminal offence and you could face a £400 fine or be prosecuted at Criminal Court, where you could receive an unlimited fine and a criminal record. 

Pepperhill tip

You can also take your unwanted items to the Pepperhill Household Waste and Recycling Centre run by Kent County Council. You can visit their website to see what items you can take to the tip.