Householders having a spring clean in Bourne and the Deepings are being asked to check before calling out workers to collect it.
South Kesteven District Council is advising people to check waste carriers’ licences when having household or garden waste collected from their homes.
Once waste is collected, it is the owner or tenant’s responsibility to check the service holds a waste carrier’s licence and where the waste will be disposed of to avoid committing an offence.
Ian Yates, the district council’s executive manager for environment, said: “As the weather improves in the coming weeks, we know it is a popular time of the year for spring cleaning homes and gardens.
“But if you are having a house or garden clearance, simply ask the company you employ to show you their licence and where your items will be deposited.
“We do not want our residents potentially committing criminal offences and, in this way, you can do your part to avoid unlicensed carriers flytipping in the district or elsewhere.
Most businesses are very trustworthy and will not hesitate to show you documentation on request as it is an offence for collectors to fail to display a licenceIan Yates, executive manager for environment, South Kesteven District Council
“Most businesses are very trustworthy and will not hesitate to show you documentation on request as it is an offence for collectors to fail to display a licence.
“So make the necessary checks that you are using a reputable business for your own peace of mind.”