Fly-tipping crackdown launched

A new campaign to crack down on fly-tipping has been launched in Greater Manchester.

Town hall chiefs said illegal dumping of rubbish costs Trafford Council tens of thousands of pounds to clean up and leaves neighbourhoods looking a mess.

From January to April 2024, almost 100 tonnes of fly-tipped household and commercial waste was removed in the borough by the One Trafford Partnership.

Many of the items dumped could have been recycled, donated or even sold as second-hand, the council said.

Waste dumped by traders also made up a proportion of rubbish removed.

Residents are being urged to make sure to know exactly where their waste goes if they pay someone to remove it.

They can check this by asking waste removal companies for a valid waste licence.

People who fly-tip could face anything from a £400 fixed penalty notice up to a £50,000 fine.

Council officials said there were lots of options available for everyone to remove or rehome unwanted items.

The One Trafford Partnership, a collaboration between Trafford Council and its contractor Amey, has a bulky waste collection service that will collect up to five items for £40.

"It’s everyone's responsibility to dispose and recycle unwanted items properly," a council spokesman said.

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