Fly-tippers cost Potters Bar thousands of pounds

PUBLISHED: 17:37 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 17:42 13 June 2017

Fly-tipping is escalating in Hertsmere.

Fly-tipping is escalating in Hertsmere.

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Fly-tipping in and around Potters Bar is escalating sharply, costing the public nearly £36,000/year, officials have revealed.

According to Hertsmere Borough Council, officers dealt with 800 complaints in 2016/17, up 22 per cent on 2015/16, and costing £35,955

for taxpayers.

Gavin Burns, principal environmental health officer, said: “Our advice is always get a receipt for any waste that you ask to be disposed of, and check that the person doing the disposing has a waste carrier’s�licence. If in doubt give the council’�s Environmental Health team a call on 020 8207 2277.”

The authority warns that homeowners face criminal prosecution if their waste is fly-tipped and they have failed in their duty of care under the Environment Protection Act 1990.

For example, earlier this year a Borehamwood woman was ordered to pay �£1,500 in fines and costs by a magistrate after she passed her unwanted furniture to a man she contacted on Facebook and it was subsequently dumped near garages.

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