It’s a crime not to care where your waste items end up. If your item ends up fly-tipped, Durham County Council can trace it back to you. They can then issue a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400 for fly-tipping and regularly prosecute fly-tippers and unlicensed waste carriers through the magistrates courts.
Tips to get rid of furniture and white goods legally
- Arrange a council bulky waste collection – book online at www.durham.gov.uk/bulkywaste or call 03000 261 000.
- Take items to a household waste recycling centre. See www.durham.gov.uk/hwr for locations and opening times. If you are visiting in a van, you’ll need to apply for a free permit beforehand. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/householdpermit or call 03000 260 000.
- If items are still in good working condition, donate to a furniture reuse scheme. Visit www.durham.gov.uk/reuse for a scheme near you.
For more information about fly-tipping visit www.durham.gov.uk/flytipping