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Coronavirus: Scam waste collection warning

Coronavirus: Scam waste collection warning

Published by The Stray FM News Team at 3:14pm 2nd April 2020. (Updated at 3:17pm 2nd April 2020)

North Yorkshire residents are being warned to look out for illegal waste collection workers who are taking advantage of skip closures during the coronavirus crisis.

  • Illegal waste collection workers are taking advantage of skip closures across North Yorkshire. 
  • It's after councils shut down all household waste recycling centres.
  • Councils are warning anyone charging to remove waste must have a licence.

Local authorities including North Yorkshire County Council have shut down all household waste recycling centres – sparking fears opportunist and undocumented fly-tippers could be out asking for cash to take trash.

Harrogate Borough Council has now warned anyone charging to remove waste must have a licence – and anyone requesting rubbish removals has a legal responsibility to check this.

Fly tipping

It said:

“If you do not carry out these checks or retain the necessary paperwork you are liable to a fixed penalty notice of £200 for a householder and £300 for a business or prosecution which could result in an unlimited fine.

“In addition if your waste ends up being fly-tipped then you can be prosecuted.”

The borough council has also said it is determined to keep regular household waste collections going, whilst warning the service may be disrupted due to staff shortages.

It has also asked anyone with coronavirus or showing symptoms to put personal waste like tissues and disposable cleaning cloths in a tied bag to protect its waste collection workers.

Working with local authorities, North Yorkshire Police has launched an operation focused on fly-tipping hot spots, suspect vehicles and waste carriers.

Supt Paula Booth said in a statement:

“Fly-tipping is a selfish crime that blights local environments and spoils people’s enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses who operate within the law.”