Householders have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and safely. It is your responsibility to check that anyone taking waste away from your home has a waste carrier’s licence. They should give you a written notification of how they will be disposing of your waste.
This means that, if you ask a ‘man with a van’ to dispose of your DIY rubbish or the contents of your old shed, and he subsequently fly tips it or disposes of it illegally, you are responsible. You could be taken to court and fined up to £5,000. Protect yourself by taking reasonable measures to check that your household waste is passed on to an authorised person.
Contact the Environment Agency to check the person removing your waste is a registered waste carrier.
If you want to get rid of an item too large for your household waste collection, but still in useable condition, such as a bed, sofa, or an appliance like a fridge or an oven, before getting rid of it consider whether it could be re-used or recycled. You might like to:
- donate it to charity - some, such as Sue Ryder and the British Heart Foundation offer free collections
- offer it online through Freecycle or Freegle
- advertise it for sale, or for free, in local shops, newspapers or online
- sell it to a local second hand furniture company
- take it to the Portsmouth recycling centre at Port Solent - who will take it free
- have a look at our waste directory for alternative ways to dispose of it
If none of these ideas are practical, then Portsmouth City Council will collect bulky waste from your home and dispose of it in the correct way.
Contact City Helpdesk to book a collection and discuss the options below:
Chargeable bulky waste collection
Costs start from £30 to collect and dispose of large bulky items every Tuesday. If you cancel the booking in advance, we will refund you. If we come to your house to collect your item and then you cancel, we charge a minimum fee of £30 to cover our costs.