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Appeal for fly-tipping information

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Tuesday 30 January

Spate of tyre dumping across the borough

Swale Borough Council is appealing for information after scores of tyres have been dumped on rural roads across the borough

Cleansing teams from the council picked up 118 tyres last week from the roadside in Bobbing, Hartlip, Iwade, Lower Halstow and Upchurch. 

Anyone with information about who might have dumped the tyres is encouraged to contact the council on 01795 417 850. 

Cllr Nicholas Hampshire, deputy cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said, 

"Cleaning up any fly-tipped waste is time-consuming and expensive – and the cost of collecting and disposing of these tyres is ultimately paid for by council tax payers, money that could otherwise be spent in ways that directly benefit residents. 

"As well as trying to track down the offenders, we are also encouraging people to think about how they dispose of their waste, including old tyres. 

"Anyone – households or businesses - producing waste has a duty to make sure they know who is taking their waste away, and that it will be disposed of appropriately. Failure to do so could result in a hefty fine.

"Anyone offering to take waste away must be registered to carry it, or it might end up dumped and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps in preventing a fly tipping incident." 

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506. 

For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/fly-tipping

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