Check out rogue waste operators - they're criminals, says CLA
A call to check out rogue waste operators and report them to the police and the Environment Agency is being made to Suffolk businesses and households by Nicola Currie, CLA regional director, at the 2011 launch of BBC Radio Suffolk's 'Don't be a Tosser' litter campaign.
"Rogue operators who are paid to take away rubbish and then simply throw it into the nearest gateway are the scourge of the countryside," said Mrs Currie, speaking at the start of the 2011 campaign on Monday (28 March). "What they do is illegal.
"Frequently these criminals turn up at a business premises and homes offering to remove waste at a very low price. However useful the apparent savings might seem I am asking everyone to check out their credentials before using their services. If they cannot supply the necessary documentation don't use them.
"If everyone did this – businesses and the general public – it would go a long way towards stopping this criminal trade – and our countryside would benefit enormously."
Before operators can collect and dispose of waste they must be able to supply two documents: one from the Environment Agency to confirm that they are a certified waste carrier and a Waste Transfer Note which will show where the waste is being taken to be legally disposed of.
With the proposed closure of so many of Suffolk's recycling centres, Mrs Currie anticipates that fly-tipping can only get worse and she is therefore congratulating BBC Radio Suffolk for further intensifying its prominent Don't be a Tosser? campaign which the CLA supports..
"If everyone disposed of waste as they should then our streets, roadsides and lovely countryside would not be ruined by piles of garbage. This really is one where we can all be part of the Big Society," she says.
The CLA advises that under no circumstances should anyone attempt to tackle waste carriers they believe are acting illegally. "Make notes, report them – and don't pay them to take away your waste," says Mrs Currie.
For further information:
Nicola Currie, regional director CLA 01284 789201 or 07702 928870
Sally Smith, CLA PR 01553 764422 or 07729 448046
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Nicola has a Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Farm Management from the Royal Agricultural College (RAC) and seven years experience as a Tenant Farmer, building up a pedigree dairy herd from scratch. She has also spent time in professional practice in Estate and Farm Management. This background has provided Nicola with a useful grounding to work for the interests of the CLA East region’s farming and rural businesses.
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