Cannock Chase Council

Appeal to spring cleaners and DIYers

Published on Thursday 29th March 2012

People who are about to get spring cleaning and DIYing have been urged to make sure they dispose of their waste correctly.

As many people’s thoughts across the District turn to DIY and spring cleaning with the onset of spring and the Easter bank holidays there will be a huge amount of waste generated - and Cannock Chase Council does not want to see any of this being flytipped.

Waste generated by DIY or as a result of work on the home should be disposed of properly by using a skip provided by a licensed waste carrier or by taking the waste to one of the District’s licensed landfill site.

The county council’s recycling centres in Rugeley and Cannock will be extending their opening times from Sunday 25th March for the spring and summer. More details are available at www.recycleforstaffordshire.org

Residents can check if a company or individual is a licensed waste carrier by calling the Environment Agency on 08708 506506. If a resident gives waste to a third party which is then flytipped, the resident can be prosecuted for failing in their duty of care, with the maximum fine at magistrates' court currently £5,000. The Council has successfully prosecuted a number of residents for this. The maximum fine for flytipping is £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.

Residents who see someone tipping rubbish is asked to make a note of the time and date, location, description of waste tipped, vehicle registration number and, if possible, a description of the flytippers themselves. These details can then be passed on to Cannock Chase Council as soon as possible on 01543 462621 or online at www.cannockchasedc.gov.uk

A £100 reward is available for any information that leads to a successful prosecution.

Karen Sulway, Environmental Protection Manager at Cannock Chase Council, said: "With the clocks going forward and lighter evenings finally on the way, many people will be doing some spring cleaning and catching up on the DIY that’s been building up over the winter months. I urge everyone to dispose of their rubbish and waste correctly and to do everything they can to stop flytipping.”

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