Warning over bogus rubbish collectors in Oxfordshire
Residents in Oxfordshire are being warned about bogus rubbish collectors who have been dumping waste in the countryside.
In the last month, homes in Oxford have received leaflets offering scrap metal recycling and household clearance.
Vale of White Horse council said the district, which borders the city, has had to deal with large amounts of this rubbish being fly-tipped.
It is asking people to get rid of rubbish legally or a face fine.
Councillor Roger Cox said: "Householders should be asking the person or company to show their waste carrier's certificate. If they cannot prove they are a registered waste carrier, do not give them your waste.
"The person taking away the rubbish needs to issue a waste transfer note to the householder to include description of rubbish that is being taken away, where the rubbish is coming from and where the rubbish is to be disposed of.
"Failing in this duty of care could land the householder with a hefty fine if their rubbish gets fly-tipped."
Licences can be verified on the council's website or by calling the environment agency on 08708 506506.