RESIDENTS in Oxfordshire are being warned to be careful when approached by individuals offering to dispose of their household waste.

Reports are growing of people promising to get rid of waste cheaply but it can end up being dumped in the countryside or supermarket car parks.

West Oxfordshire District Council wants to make sure residents are aware waste is the responsibility of the householder, and if fly-tipping is traced back to them, they could face a £400 fixed penalty notice.

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Councillor Norman MacRae, cabinet member for the environment, said: “We know many residents have been occupying their time doing DIY and clearing rubbish from their homes and gardens during lockdown but I would urge them to think twice if anyone offers to get rid of their rubbish cheaply.

“Ensure they have the proper paperwork or, if in any doubt, avoid using them as the fine for fly-tipping is considerable.”

Anyone offering to take waste away should hold a waste carrier’s licence issued by the Environment Agency (EA) which should be presented at the time.

This can be checked on the EA website or residents can call 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant waste carrier validation check.