After being used as a dumping ground for a big fly-tip, Test Valley Borough Council officers had to clear up the mess in a local area.
After refrigerators, televisions and a washing machine were discovered to be discarded, the footpath on Dairy Lane, Nursling, was left unusable. The council reminds inhabitants to verify that their waste carrier is licensed after spending hours clearing and researching the fly-tip.
The pieces of wood and cardboard were stretched across the route as well as bigger objects.
Councillor Johnston said: “Nobody should have to clear up and deal with the sheer mess that these people make. We are more than happy to help advise people on what they can recycle and take to their Household Waste Recycling Centre.
“There is absolutely no excuse. What we need to make clear is that it is imperative for residents to check and double check that their waste carrier is licensed when they are employing someone to take rubbish away. It is quite often those who operate without a licence who end up illegally disposing of their waste in this way.
“That is why your waste is your responsibility, so by doing the necessary checks and getting a waste transfer note, you could save yourself a day in court and a criminal record.”
Since the turn of the year, the environmental service of the council has prosecuted 17 people for fly-tipping, licensing and littering offences. In addition to persuing prosecutions, the council also participates in roadshows, visits schools and community events to encourage accountable recycling and disposal of waste.
Anyone who wants guidance on what can be recycled or how can their waste be removed can do so by contacting the environmental service of the council on 01264 368000.
You can also check the license of your waste carrier by clicking on the following link: