Cotswold DC gets tough on fly tippers

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Cotswold DC gets tough on fly tippers

Cotswold residents risk prosecution by not ensuring their rubbish is disposed of properly.

Fly-tipping investigators from Cotswold District Council formally interviewed several householders recently whose waste had been dumped illegally without their knowledge.

Everyone has a duty of care to ensure their rubbish is going to somebody who is authorised to deal with it and has a waste carrier’s licence. Not exercising that duty is a criminal offence.

Technical Officer Hilary Beach said: “Many people are shocked when we ask them about their items that have been fly-tipped because they had no idea they were not being disposed of properly.

“Fly tipping is environmental crime and we will do everything within our powers to stamp it out.

“We are urging residents to make sure that anyone taking rubbish away from their homes has a waste carrier’s licence. That applies to builders, gardeners, odd job men and even friends and relatives – you need to make sure they are taking your waste to the tip.

“If we find information relating to you at a fly tip we will follow it up and may even take formal action.”

The Council is currently investigating several cases of fly-tipping which could result in legal action being taken against the offenders.

Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and/or six months in jail and the Environment Agency can seize vehicles belonging to offenders.

The District Council recently carried out a successful stop and search operation which targeted fly-tippers in conjunction with several other agencies, including the police, Customs & Excise and the Environment Agency.

Residents have also been invited to help identify fly-tippers from pictures featured on the Council’s website at www.cotswold.gov.uk.

Traders seeking advice about applying for a waste carrier’s licence should contact the Environment Agency at enquiries@environment-agency.gov.uk or on 08708 506506

Posted : 04/06/2007 15:44:01

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