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Watch Out For Workers Dumping Garden Waste

If you are employing a gardener or odd job man to prune your tree or hedge this autumn, make sure they are disposing of the waste responsibly.

That's the message from Cotswold District Council, which is warning residents against unwittingly contributing to the fly-tipping problem in the District.

Any workman who removes rubbish of any kind from your home must have a Waste Carrier's Licence in order for the material to be disposed of properly.

If they don't have a licence, they could well be planning to dump your branches or hedge trimmings at a lay-by or down a farm track.

Waste Manager Scott Williams said: "Fly tipping is an environmental crime which costs the taxpayer a lot of money to clear up 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, particularly at this time of year when many people are having trees and hedges cut back.

"If the Council finds information relating to you at a fly tip we will follow it up and may even take formal action."

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.

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

Posted : 23/10/2007 22:35:25

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