Thirteen warns customers, be aware of rogue traders who may be fly-tipping your waste

Thirteen is warning its customers to be aware of rogue traders who may be fly-tipping their rubbish.

Rogue Traders Flytipping

20 Aug 2020

Unfortunately some waste disposal and household clearance services are being advertised - often at a price which is too good to be true.

Director of facilities management Scott Lowther said: “Fly-tipping is a crime. It’s dangerous and irresponsible.

“We all have a responsibility to know where our waste is going. If rubbish is going to be dumped somewhere, it’s often very easily traced back to its owner.

“The customer could face a fine and the trader found to be fly-tipping could face an unlimited fine or a prison sentence.

“To keep yourself safe, always carry out the relevant checks if you’re paying for waste to be disposed of, and ask the company for their waste carrier registration and always get a receipt, before you hand over your waste and your money.

“Our estates teams are working incredibly hard to catch and prosecute fly-tippers and they’ve taken on this issue with determination.

“We want to see people prosecuted for their actions and we’re encouraging people to report fly-tipping and they can do that anonymously.

“We’re investigating fly-tipping that’s reported. The rubbish is strung with yellow tape and a notice, to reassure neighbours that the issue is being dealt with. It’s within the rubbish that there’s often a whole range of giveaways that contain personal information.

“We’re working closely with partner organisations and local authorities to put a stop to this. I’d like to thank members of the community who report fly-tipping to us and provide evidence.

“In some of the worst hit areas, hidden CCTV cameras are being placed to keep watch and catch the culprits, but we’ll continue to rely on some help from the neighbourhoods to be the eyes and ears and report fly-tipping.

“So we’re asking everyone who wants to help make their community a better place to live – if you see it, please report it.”