Crackdown on fly-tipping in Potters Bar
PUBLISHED: 09:27 15 September 2016
Hertsmere Council is cracking down on fly-tipping in Potters Bar and the rest of the borough, warning people not to be duped into using unlicensed waste carriers.
The campaign follows a hike in dumped waste within five years.
Residents are being warned they could face thousands of pounds worth of fines if their household waste is dumped illegally.
Hertsmere Council has launched a “high impact” poster campaign to alert people to the dangers of employing unlicensed waste carriers.
The ‘Could this be yours?’ billboards featuring a pile of old furniture and fittings dumped in a country lane are being displayed on the sides of the council’s waste vehicles from this week.
The campaign comes after a Hatfield resident was ordered to pay nearly £3,000 and carry out 90 hours of unpaid work for contravening laws relating to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 earlier this year.
The resident had asked someone to dispose of the waste on his behalf and it was later found dumped in WGC.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for environment and transport, said: “When you talk to people, they often feel genuinely full of remorse when they realise that their unwanted household items and materials have been dumped without any regard for others or the environment.
“However, in the eyes of the law, they are just as culpable for the fly tipping as the person who actually put it there.
“Householders need to be aware that they face prosecution and potentially could pay out thousands of pounds if they don’t take the necessary steps to look after their waste.
“Whether you’re throwing out old furniture, building rubble or some old documents, make sure the person who’s taking the rubbish away is licensed and ensure they give you a receipt.”
Gavin Burns, principal environmental health officer, said: “Our team has seen a huge increase in the number of fly-tipping cases in recent years. In five years the number of cases with evidence to follow-up has more than doubled from 90 in 2010 to 230 in 2015.
“While officers are doing their best to track down and prosecute the dumpers, we are urging householders to do their bit by getting rid of their waste responsibly.
“Always get a receipt for any waste that you ask to be disposed of and check that the person doing the disposing has a licence. If in doubt give the council’s Environmental Health team a call on 020 8207 2277.”
You can also check if a waste carrier has a licence via the Environment Agency’s website or by calling 0300 123 4051.
The council offers a bulky waste collection for larger household items. A range of items can also be disposed of for free at the council’s household waste recycling centres. To find out more go to our website www.hertsmere.gov.uk/bulkywaste
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