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Big Brother is watching you in Taunton!

Big Brother will be watching the residents of Taunton, as CCTV surveillance is being set up across recycling centres in car parks across the town. Taunton Deane Borough Council environmental officers hope to crack down on illegal waste dumping and hope that CCTV surveillance will deter people in the area from fly-tipping. It is also warning householders that it is an offence to try to dispose of waste by using a man with a van to do the job for them. The council said that there was an increasing amount of household waste on a weekly basis left near recycling bins at council car parks. Fly-tipping costs local authorities in England 50 million a year to clear up, with the bill in the South West costing taxpayers £2m. Many people seem to think that by allowing others to dispose of household waste means that they no longer have responsibility for it, but this is not the case, said Executive Councillor for environmental services Melvin Mullins. If a man with a van offers to take your bulk rubbish away for a small charge, it is important to check that he is a registered waste carrier. If not, and the waste ends up being illegally dumped, you could face a heavy fine.

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