You could be fined if someone else flytips your rubbish, Sutton Council warrns

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If your rubbish is flytipped you will face a hefty fine - even if it was not you that dumped it.

Sutton Council has warned people they must make sure they use legitimate, registered waste collectors or face any potential consequences.

If households or businesses use waste disposal companies who flytip then they could face clean-up costs or a fine of up to £5,000 if they cannot show they took reasonable steps to make sure the company they used was registered.

All waste disposal companies should be registered with the Environment Agency. Sutton Council has advised people that it costs money to dispose of waste properly and that a cheap service probably means the waste will be flytipped.

Mary Morrissey, the council's strategic director for environment and neighbourhoods, said: "Fly-tipping costs the council thousands of pounds every year, which could be invested in other areas.

"It is unfair that honest residents have to bear the cost of clearing up other people’s waste when it is dumped on our streets and in our parks.

"Generally, if the cost that you are charged to have rubbish collected seems low, it will probably end up being fly-tipped and costing you a lot more than you bargained for. Residents have a legally enforceable duty to use a registered collector."

Opposition Councillor Tony Shields said the amount of flytipping in the borough could be partly down to the size of the Kimpton Park Reuse and Recycling Centre and that traders are not allowed to use it.

He said: "At the closure of the old dump, I stated that the new dump is to small and that stopping the traders paying for dumping of their rubbish would inevitably result in more fly tipping.

"That's historic of course, but when there is absolutely nowhere in the borough to dispose of trade waste the itinerant fly tippers will step in to lend a hand - for a few quid."

A council spokesman said people should always ask to see a waste disposal firm's registration certificate, to pay by cheque and never by cash and never to use companies that cold call at your door.

For information about registered waste collectors, contact the council on 020 8770 5070 or the Environment Agency on 01276 454 541 or 01276 454 379 or 01276 454 337.


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10:38am Wed 16 Apr 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

Yet again, Tony Shield's crystal ball has accurately predicted the outcome of a short sighted decision by LBS. When will they start listening to his sage foresight?
Yet again, Tony Shield's crystal ball has accurately predicted the outcome of a short sighted decision by LBS. When will they start listening to his sage foresight? Mr Flange of Wallington
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12:12pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Good Old Days says...

This is great news! Now when the travellers dump all their rubbish in the local park the authorities can do something about it!
This is great news! Now when the travellers dump all their rubbish in the local park the authorities can do something about it! Good Old Days
  • Score: 8

12:20pm Wed 16 Apr 14

coach77cfc says...

This wont stop fly tippers at all because they now know the householders going to be getting bill if fly tipping found from their rubbish they will just carryon as before tipping it all over the borough all that's needed is an address
This wont stop fly tippers at all because they now know the householders going to be getting bill if fly tipping found from their rubbish they will just carryon as before tipping it all over the borough all that's needed is an address coach77cfc
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Michael Pantlin says...

What happened to innocent until proven guitly. Another crackpot LBS ruling. All right in LBS eyes to pollute us with incinerator fumes though of course.
What happened to innocent until proven guitly. Another crackpot LBS ruling. All right in LBS eyes to pollute us with incinerator fumes though of course. Michael Pantlin
  • Score: 8

8:00pm Wed 16 Apr 14

D Hoole says...

People, there is absolutely nothing new about this. The council has decided to publicise existing law, and they have been enforcing it on a small scale for years. I know, I used to work in a related job at Sutton.
People, there is absolutely nothing new about this. The council has decided to publicise existing law, and they have been enforcing it on a small scale for years. I know, I used to work in a related job at Sutton. D Hoole
  • Score: 7

8:26am Thu 17 Apr 14

emelem says...

What a load of rubbish!! :-D
What a load of rubbish!! :-D emelem
  • Score: 0

1:24pm Wed 23 Apr 14

LiberalsOut says...

Good Old Days wrote:
This is great news! Now when the travellers dump all their rubbish in the local park the authorities can do something about it!
You think that will happen ???
Councils turn a blind eye to them
In Brighton the Council opened the gate to a park, just in case the travellers broke it to get in
[quote][p][bold]Good Old Days[/bold] wrote: This is great news! Now when the travellers dump all their rubbish in the local park the authorities can do something about it![/p][/quote]You think that will happen ??? Councils turn a blind eye to them In Brighton the Council opened the gate to a park, just in case the travellers broke it to get in LiberalsOut
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