New research reveals that businesses and members of the public are being easily misled by waste criminals, who often lie about their credentials in adverts.
There were nearly 53,000 reported incidents of fly-tipping reported by local authorities in Greater Manchester in 2016/17, costing nearly £4.9 million in clearance and enforcement costs.
An analysis of adverts for rubbish clearance services in local newspapers also found that of 34 identified, only four had licenses that matched the details given in the advert. Overall, it is estimated that around £3 million a year is being paid to unlicensed waste criminals operating in Greater Manchester.
The research was commissioned by Manchester-based Dsposal with support from GC Business Growth Hub.
Dsposal’s online platform allows anyone in England to find a licensed waste company, check their duty of care documents quickly and get competitive quotes.
Residents and businesses have a legal responsibility to ensure they pass their waste to a licensed operator and can face fines for failing to do so.
For example, a Cheshire company was fined £5,000 in 2017 after its waste was illegally dumped by a third party without its knowledge.
Sophie Walker, co-founder of Dsposal, said: “The lack of understanding revealed by this study shows there is still a lot of work to be done to raise public awareness and put an end to waste crime.”
In 2016, the waste industry launched a national campaign, Right Waste Right Place, after research found that, despite good waste practice on-site, half of small businesses were unsure about where their waste went afterwards.