Wealden District Council have had reports of con men operating in neighbouring local authorities claiming to be employees of Kier, their waste and recycling contractor, and requesting Christmas tips and payments to empty overweight brown bins.
The men have been operating in the Bexley and Sidley area, which are also covered by the East Sussex Joint Waste Partnership, and are wearing High Visibility tabards over ordinary clothing.
The scam came to light when the Partnership’s own contractors visited the properties later in the day.
In response the Council have said residents should contact the Recycling and Waste Management Team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01323 443322, if you have been approached in this way.
The Council have issued a statement clarifying the procedure. In cases where brown garden waste bins are overweight, a ticket would be affixed to the bin. The Council do not approach residents requesting them for any additional money.