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Smell a rat when offered cheap rubbish collection

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28 July 2017

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Residents who accept offers of super-cheap rubbish removals could face a prison term or a huge financial penalty if their items are found fly-tipped warns Enfield Council.


- Residents warned of their duty of care when it comes to waste
- Cheaply bought waste collections often result in fly-tipping
- Always check for a registered waste carrier’s certificate
 
  
Residents who accept offers of super-cheap rubbish removals could face a prison term or a huge financial penalty if their items are found fly-tipped warns Enfield Council.
 
The Council has received reports that offers are being made by cold-callers to take rubbish away for as little as £10 cash-in-hand. The waste has then been found dumped on the Borough’s streets, in water courses and on open spaces.
 
Fly-tippers can be issued with a fixed penalty notice of £400 or, in the worst case, face prosecution and an unlimited fine. Please bear in mind that if you pay someone to remove your rubbish who is not a registered waste carrier and this is later found fly-tipped, you may face enforcement action and prosecution too.
 
Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “We all have a duty of care when it comes to disposing of our waste. So if you pay someone to take yours away, always ask to see a copy of their registered waste carrier’s certificate.
 
“If they can’t provide one, avoid them like the plague. Likewise, if someone just turns up out if the blue offering to take your rubbish away and for very little money, you should smell a rat.
 
“Fly-tipping is illegal and encourages further environmental crime, but if we work together to build strong communities, we can stamp out this appalling behaviour and help keep our neighbourhoods clean and safe. We all can do our bit by getting rid of waste and unwanted items responsibly and reporting those who fail to do so.”
 
There are plenty of ways to dispose of your rubbish. Use your black, blue and green-lidded residential bins as appropriate, or visit Barrowell Green recycling centre in Winchmore Hill. There are also several charities who will pick up usable items for free, such as the British Heart Foundation. Advice on how to recycle your waste can be found on Enfield Council’s website, here. To report fly-tipping, please follow this link.
 
If you pay for someone to take your waste away always ask to see a copy of their registered waste carrier’s certificate. To check if someone is registered to take your waste away, go to the Environment Agency’s website.
 
Fly-tipping costs the Council around £800,000 per year to clear. This comes at a time when reductions in central government funding is forcing Enfield Council to make further savings of £50 million by 2020/21, including £21 million this year and is on top of the £131 million we have been forced to save since 2010.