Residents advised to check legitimacy of waste firms

Councillor Damien Corfield said fly-tipping costs the council thousands and affects the environment we live in.

People looking to dispose of bulky waste are urged to check the legitimacy of waste firms to help tackle the £280,000 bill to clean up fly-tipping in Dudley borough.

Dudley Council waste bosses say people should only hire permitted businesses to dispose of their waste and should always check they have a licence from the Environment Agency.

People are advised not to hire unlicensed waste carriers, as in many cases the waste is dumped illegally but the person who hired the rogue trader is also liable for a £250 fine.

Residents should check the paperwork of people offering to dispose of bulky waste from their homes. Dudley Council spends approximately £280,000 on the removal of fly-tipping from public land every year. It is a criminal offence to fly-tip.

There are various levels of penalties, with the maximum being a fine of up to £50,000 and/or 12 months imprisonment. Through its CCTV system, the council is able to catch criminals who fly tip and asks for the public’s help in identifying them through its you’ve been shamed initiative. Councillor Damian Corfield, cabinet member for highways and environmental services, said:

"Fly-tipping is a serious issue, which not only costs the council thousands of pounds every year but affects the environment we live in. We’re asking residents to work with us to help tackle this problem.

"Be wary when looking to hire waste carriers via ads on social media and always carry out checks to ensure the firm is licensed and legitimate. If we reduce fly-tipping, we reduce the needless drain on public finances to clear it up, money which could be better spent elsewhere.

"We will continue to make every effort to catch and prosecute these rogue traders. People can also take advantage of the tip in Stourbridge and the pop-up tip at Lister Road, Dudley, so there really is no excuse for risking a fine."


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