South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils are alerting residents, after they received a report that a man, wearing a high visibility jacket and a false council ID badge, has been impersonating a council officer to provide a waste collection service.
The councils are urging all residents to be aware that their officers and waste crews would never knock on someone’s door and ask to take their rubbish away – even if they’ve pre-booked and paid for the councils to collect their bulky waste collection.
Homeowners must make sure their waste is disposed of legally. If they choose to employ someone to remove waste, they must check they’re a registered waste carrier. If they’re not and the rubbish is then dumped illegally, the homeowner could be issued a fixed penalty notice or prosecuted for the dumped waste despite not fly-tipping it themselves.
People can find out more about how the councils arrange bulky waste collections and how residents can stay legal when paying someone else to take rubbish away, on their website www.southoxon.gov.uk/bulkywaste.