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Warning sounded over fly-tip conmen

A photo of fly-tipped waste

Callous conmen are leaving residents at risk of hefty fines for the illegal dumping of household rubbish.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston today urged law-abiding members of the community to help turn the tide on the unscrupulous trade in illegal waste dumping.

Fly-tipping by unlicensed companies and lone operators is a serious drain on Council coffers every year, and can leave those duped into paying for their services facing stiff penalties.

Before handing over waste it’s the responsibility of the resident to:

  • Ensure the operator is a registered waste company
  • Check they have a valid licence – always ask to see their waste carrier certificate
  • Ask for a Waste Transfer Note to check where the waste is going and make sure a signed copy or receipt is provided

Illegally dumped domestic waste can leave the householder liable to a Fixed Penalty Notice of up to £200 under the Environmental Protection Act.

Uncontrolled illegal waste disposal can be hazardous to the public, especially if it contains toxic material or asbestos

The courts have various powers available to them to tackle fly-tipping, including imprisonment and unlimited fines – and the vehicles used by those involved can be seized and crushed.

Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: “Our environment’s incredibly precious, and the resources we have to protect it for future generations are extremely limited.

“Fly-tipping blights communities and trashes the environment, and is a serious crime, plain and simple.

“If it’s your waste it’s your responsibility to dispose of it safely and legally – it’s no excuse to say you didn’t know an operator wasn’t licensed, and you’re liable to end up with a hefty fine.

“Help us stamp out this scourge, and in the process do your bit for the environment and help protect the town’s precious finances.”

Middlesbrough Council offers a safe, free or inexpensive bulky waste collection service - for more information and to request a collection visit the bulky waste page or call 01642 726001. To report fly-tipping incidents call 01642 726001 or visit the fly tipping page. Visit GOV.UK for details of registered waste carriers or call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 to check if the company is registered.