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Barrel load of fly-tipping

Fly-tipped containers
Corrosive chemical containers fly-tipped in Radwell

A number of empty corrosive chemical containers and cooking oil barrels are the latest items to be fly-tipped in North Herts, in Radwell and Barley respectively.

These incidents follow the slightly more unusual fly-tipping of pigs’ ears in January and frozen chicken in September.  

Councillor Amy Allen, Executive Member for Waste and Recycling, said: “We are working hard to catch anyone involved in these incidents. We treat fly-tipping very seriously, and not only is it disgusting to see, but can pose a serious risk to wildlife.

Fly-tipped oil containers
Cooking oil drums fly-tipped in Barley

“With the empty cooking oil drums, there is currently a market for stealing used oil and using it for heating and running vehicles. Barrels of used cooking oil are often stored outside restaurants, pubs and takeaways – so we are reminding businesses that they are responsible for managing their waste in the appropriate manner.

“We are doing all we can to prevent fly-tipping, but can’t possibly patrol the whole of the countryside 24/7. Please, if you witness fly-tipping or think you may have dashcam footage of any of the incidents, please contact us immediately on 01462 474000.”  

We urge local residents and businesses to use registered waste disposal operators – otherwise you could also be liable. The best way to stop fly-tipping is to follow the SCRAP code. You can find out if someone is registered to carry your waste by searching the Environmental Agency’s Register.

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