Warning to only use licensed waste carriers

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Following an increase of reports in the use of unlicensed waste disposal firms during the COVID-19 pandemic, residents are being warned against using such companies in a bid to minimise fly-tipping in the city and prevent householders from potentially facing a £200 fine.

Members of the public should only use appropriate methods to dispose of their waste – either checking that commercial contractors have the appropriate licence or by using the council’s bulky uplift service.

Neighbourhood Services Convener, Councillor Anne Rendall said: “Rogue traders have looked to exploit the COVID-19 pandemic for their own gain, these unscrupulous individuals used social media advertising and door-to-door marketing to make money by offering to collect and dispose of items from households and illegally dumping them in the surrounding area.

“Residents have good intentions but by using an unlicensed waste carrier, they risk their waste being fly-tipped, left in a greenspace or in a lay-by and the householder themselves may then face being issued a £200 fixed penalty notice.

“We are asking householders to take care when choosing a carrier to dispose of their waste and to make sure they are legitimate and will dispose of their waste in a legal, safe and sustainable way.

“Reputable traders will always be able to show that they have a licence to dispose of your waste properly. You should never feel intimidated to ask to see their licence.

“Everyone in the city has a shared responsibility for Dundee’s cleanliness and using licensed waste disposal firms contributes to maintaining that.”

The council’s Regulatory Services investigate fly-tipping incidents and individuals found to be responsible are liable to be issued a fixed penalty notice. Failure to pay the fixed penalty results in a report to the Procurator Fiscal who may impose a larger fine.

Dundee’s Take Pride in Your City campaign encourages all members of the public to help make a difference in our neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces.

Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping or sees waste dumped illegally around the city can report it to the council on the Dundee City Council website or by email to environmental.compliance@dundeecity.gov.uk.

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