Essex House Clearances are fully licenced under UK environmental legislation with an Upper-Tier waste carrier licence (broker and carrier), a licence copy can be provided to all customers and a waste transfer note (confirming transfer of the waste) is also issued to all customers.
Why does a waste licence matter?
Issued by the UK Environmental Agency, waste carrier licences add traceability and require holders to dispose of waste at registered waste stations (where the licence must be shown and the transfer recorded). If anyone collects any type of waste from you, they require an upper-tier waste licence by law, which costs only £150 for 3 years.
A (free) lower-tier licence is also available, but these are for businesses which dispose of their own waste – NOT yours unless it is 100% green garden waste (grass etc), animal by-products, construction or demolition waste, or unless they are a registered charity or voluntary organisation.
The relevance of correct licencing is that if a firm is willing to break the law in order to save £150 for a licence, the chances are they’ll also try to save money on waste disposal (typically £190-200 per ton, which roughly equates to a full 3.5 ton van load). If you don’t want to be driving along a quiet country lane and find the contents of your property dumped at the side of the road (can you prove it wasn’t you who dumped it there?) you should only deal with properly licenced companies. If you don’t, your £50 waste removal costs could turn into a very expensive conviction for fly-tipping!
Licences can be checked here: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
A licenced waste carrier will provide you with a copy of their licence when they arrive, and also provide you with a waste transfer note – from your perspective it simply confirms you have transferred ‘ownership’ of the waste to the carrier and so removes any liability to yourself.