Residents and businesses urged to be vigilant when employing waste disposal traders

This summer, Surrey residents and businesses are being urged to be vigilant when employing traders to dispose of their waste or risk fines of up to £400.

Although a rogue trader may fly-tip the waste, it could still be whoever employs them that is fined. To avoid prosecution, residents and businesses must ensure they use a registered waste carrier and ask them how and where they intend to dispose of waste, get a receipt and avoid traders who knock on doors or advertise on websites like Facebook and Gumtree.

Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted. They are also at risk of being sentenced to unpaid community service or having their vehicle crushed. In January this year, a Mitcham fly-tipper was fined £1,980 after dumping waste on Epsom Common.

Cllr Beryl Hunwicks, Surrey Waste Partnership's Chairman, said: "Fly-tipping is a criminal offence, a detriment to the environment and costs local councils money to clear up. It's important that Surrey's residents and businesses do all they can to help prevent it, so we can conserve our beautiful county."