Test Valley Borough Council is urging householders to check that anyone removing waste from their property is authorised to do so, following a recent spate of fly-tipping incidents.

Work such as landscape gardening, house clearances and building work usually require the trader to have a waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency. The Council has cleared more than 100 incidents of fly-tipped waste during the last four weeks, many of which appeared to be waste from work carried out at residential properties.

Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “The Council has recently responded to a number of reports of fly-tipped waste and has cleared rubbish including roof tiles and sheets of asbestos. Many people aren’t aware that householders who don’t take reasonable measures to check that operators are legitimate waste carriers can be fined up to £5,000, so we urge people to be vigilant, ask where their trader plans to dispose of the rubbish and take notes of their waste carrier number and vehicle registration number.”

Further advice including a full list of works requiring waste carrier registration is available on the Council’s website at www.testvalley.gov.uk.

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