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Is your trader a registered waste carrier?

Published: 31 July 2018

Help prevent fly-tipping in Surrey

If you employ a trader this summer that isn't a registered waste carrier, did you know you could be liable for a fine of up to £400?

To avoid prosecution, residents and businesses must ensure a registered waste carrier is used. You can check if they are or not using the Environment Agency's online checker. Make sure to ask your trader how and where they intend to dispose of waste, get a receipt and avoid traders who knock on doors or advertise on websites like Facebook and Gumtree.

Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted. They are also at risk of being sentenced to unpaid community service or having their vehicle crushed. In January last year, a Mitcham fly-tipper was fined £1,980 after dumping waste on Epsom Common.

Councillor Beryl Hunwicks, Surrey Waste Partnership's Chairman, said "Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, a detriment to the environment and costs local councils money to clear up. It's important that Surrey's residents and businesses do all they can to help prevent it, so we can conserve our beautiful county."

If you see someone fly-tipping, please report it to your local district or borough council. To report an incident, find out how to check if a trader is licensed and for more information on fly-tipping, visit the Recycle for Surrey website.

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