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Craven traders are given red card on waste
11:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
Craven businesses who dump cardboard at council recycling sites are being reminded they face hefty fines if caught.
Over the past two years Craven District Council has seen an increase in the amount of cardboard taken to sites.
The sites, which are meant for the domestic recycling of glass, cans, plastic bottles, paper and light card and as a back-up to the council’s kerbside collections, are not meant to be used by businesses, which have their own commercial collection.
Business waste is classed as fly-tipping and officers have now been tasked with tracking down those using sites illegally.
Paul Florentine, waste and recycling manager, said: “I would like to remind businesses these facilities are for domestic recycling and not for commercial waste and any waste deposited here is classed as fly-tipping.”
He added anyone caught abusing the service could be fined up to £20,000 or even sent to prison.
“To help clamp down, we have officers inspecting the sites to identify businesses using them illegally and we will take enforcement action if this problem continues.”
Council leader Councillor Chris Knowles-Fitton (Cons) said the council would be happy to advise any business unsure about the correct arrangements.
“Under the Commercial Waste Recycling Service and Environment Protection Act, businesses are required to dispose of any waste they produce responsibly. This is known as a duty of care,” he said.
“The council provides a commercial waste collection service and we would be happy to assist any businesses to ensure they have the correct arrangements in place for disposing of their waste.”
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