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EA sends out warning ahead of bonfire night

With bonfire night soon upon us the Environment Agency (EA) has warned it will be on the lookout for those who want to use the event as a cover for fly-tipping or the illegal burning of waste.

EA head of waste strategy Martin Brocklehurst said: Anyone plotting to fly-tip waste on community bonfires or illegally burn waste beware. Our enforcement officers will be out in force.

Burning wastes such as plastics and demolition waste is against the law and those who disregard the rules are not only harming our environment but risk a hefty fine and damage to their reputation.

The EA said it had successfully prosecuted companies and individuals who had carried out such activity in the past. On one occasion smoke that was blowing across the M4 was traced to a skip hire company that was found burning metal, plastic and polystyrene, in a fire the equivalent size of 15 articulated lorries.

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