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Net tightens around fly-tippers

The net around fly-tipping hotspots is being tightened with companies being warned that they also face the consequences of using unregistered carriers.

A joint venture between South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCDC), Cambridgeshire Police and the Environment Agency will see officers deployed in rural areas, with trade vehicles most recently checked in the sleepy suburb of Willingham.

Those likely to be carrying building, DIY and garden waste were stopped to make sure they were a registered carrier and to ascertain the final destination of the load.

SCDC environmental health portfolio holder councillor Ray Manning said: This is the first of a number of similar operations to stop unlicensed waste carriers in the district. Unlicensed carriers are more likely to fly-tip, which blights the area and costs local tax payers thousands of pounds every year to clear up.

We are determined to prevent as much of this dumping as possible and catch those responsible for it. Often these cowboys have charged residents for the service and cost of disposing of their waste but then dump it in the countryside and pocket the cash.

An example of this is the case of a Cambridge bike shop owner, who paid an independent contractor £60 to dispose of some old stock. But this was simply dumped in ditches and lay-bys along the A14.

While the contractor has not been traced, the mass of spokes, tyres and pedals were traced back to the shopkeeper who was summoned to court and ordered to pay £1,000 in fines and costs of £860.

SCDC has urged its residents to make sure that only registered waste carriers collect their rubbish. They have also been urged to ask how and where the waste will be disposed of, to note down the waste carriers number and to always ask for a receipt.

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