Res­i­dents in warn­ing over waste

Glamorgan Gazette - - Your Views -

RES­I­DENTS who pay for their waste to be taken away pri­vately are be­ing warned to look out for rogue traders who may be fly-tip­ping it.

All busi­nesses who of­fer a “trip to the tip” ser­vice must have a waste car­rier li­cence that they’ve ob­tained from Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales.

It is a res­i­dent’s re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure that they know where their waste is go­ing. If their bin bags end up be­ing dumped some­where and can be traced back to their ad­dress then they could face a hefty fine while any trader found to be fly-tip­ping will also face pros­e­cu­tion.

Coun­cil­lor Hy­wel Wil­liams, Brid­gend County Bor­ough Coun­cil’s deputy leader said: “Res­i­dents are per­fectly en­ti­tled to pay for their waste to be dis­posed of pri­vately, but never hand your waste over to a com­pany for dis­posal with­out mak­ing the proper checks as you never know where your waste may end up and you will be li­able for it.

“Whilst most of these busi­nesses do man­age their waste cor­rectly, we want to en­sure that ev­ery­one un­der­stands their le­gal re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“There are a num­ber of things that you should con­sider to make sure you are not us­ing a rogue trader and your waste is be­ing man­aged within the law. To keep your­self safe, you should ask for their waste car­rier reg­is­tra­tion num- ber be­fore you trans­fer your waste to them, and then check the num­ber by ei­ther vis­it­ing the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Wales web­site or giv­ing them a call.”

The warn­ing comes as the coun­cil steps up its ef­forts to crack down on a fly-tip­ping hot spot – Ju­bilee Cres­cent in Sarn.

The area has been tar­geted by fly-tip­pers in re­cent months due to the fact that house­holds have his­tor­i­cally had their bin bags picked up from com­mu­nal col­lec­tion points, mak­ing it easy for dodgy in­di­vid­u­als from out­side the area to drive by and add their bin bags to any large piles they see.

You can find out more about re­cy­cling at brid­gend.gov.uk/re­cy­cle

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