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Fly-tippers strike in country lane

By 6th March 2020

Fly-tippers strike in country lane
The fly-tipped items in a country lane near St Austell

A FRIDGE, washing machine, dishwasher and microwave have been illegally dumped in a country lane on the main road from St Austell to Truro.

The kitchen appliances were fly-tipped near picturesque green fields on the outskirts of Hewas Water.

Earlier this year new figures released by the District Councils Network (DCN) revealed the number of fridges and washing machines being dumped in the countryside has tripled in seven years.

The number of incidents of white goods being fly-tipped in rural England has increased from 3,928 in 2012/13 to 12,319 in 2018/19.

A fridge should recycled as if it is not disposed of properly, harmful gases can be released, which may contribute to climate change.

Cornwall Council states on its website: “Fly-tipping is the illegal dumping of rubbish or bulky items on land not licensed to receive it.

“Fly-tipping can be dangerous, pollutes land and waterways and costs the council tax payer significant amounts of money to clear away.

“If you see someone fly-tipping or wish to report fly-tipped waste on council land,  please report it to us, giving as much detail as possible. 

“We will remove within 48 hours unless there is an ongoing investigation relating to the fly-tip or we need to arrange specialist resources to remove it.

“Dumping household, industrial and commercial waste illegally is a serious criminal offence that carries a fine of up to £20,000, unlimited if the case goes to the Crown Court, or an offender can even be sent to prison.

“It is also an offence to permit fly-tipping. We treat this problem very seriously and will usually prosecute anyone caught fly-tipping waste.

“Fly-tipping is often associated with dumping waste from vehicles; in this case the person who owns the vehicle can also be prosecuted, which means that it is possible for a prosecution to occur when only the vehicle, not the driver, is identifiable.

“The police also have powers to seize vehicles used for fly-tipping.

“We provide waste disposal sites and recycling centres where you can safely and legally dispose of unwanted items.”

By 6th March 2020

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