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Garages targeted in tyre fly-tipping crackdown

The Environment Agency has targeted London garages in a bid to cut the number of fly-tipped tyres in the capital.

It launched a campaign this week to remind dealerships and MOT centres of their duty of care by sending them mugs, coasters and pens bearing the slogan Tread carefully.

European legislation has banned

landfilling whole tyres, and clearing illegally dumped tyres costs councils more than

£2 million a year.

Garage managers can be held personally responsible if they pass their waste tyres onto illegal operators who fly-tip. Failing in their duty of care is a criminal offence and can result in an unlimited fine.

Ian Regan, environment officer for the agency, said: The Environment Agency will vigorously pursue any individual or organisations involved in fly-tipping, and urges businesses to be aware of their responsibilities.

The campaign pack also includes an

information leaflet, and the mugs and coasters have the six duty of care steps printed on them. They have been sent to businesses across 31 London boroughs.

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