Residents urged to help stop scourge of fly-tipping in Glastonbury and Street
Civic leaders in Street and Glastonbury are urging residents to become their eyes and ears to help crack down on people dumping rubbish on country lanes and residential streets in the area.
They point out that leaving waste at a place where it is not permitted is fly-tipping, which is a criminal offence.
The penalties for anyone convicted can be up to five years' jail or an unlimited fine.
Amongst incidents reported this week include a trolley-full of items including a lawn mower, mop and an old television which were dumped near St Benedict's School in Glastonbury.
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Local residents say the patch of land has become a popular spot for fly-tippers since it was cleared by contractors last year.
A spokesman for Somerset Waste Partnership said that historically much of the fly-tipping in Somerset is by or for cowboy businesses – from builders to garages dumping tyres – that want to save on their waste cost.
The spokesman said: "This crime is tough to stop without the public's help.
"While staying safe – do not touch fly-tipping or confront criminals – our advice is to report every incident quickly to the District Council with as much detail as possible."
The latest incident has been reported to Mendip District Council.
To report an incident of fly tipping, contact Mendip District Council on 01749 648999, or you can use the website www.fixmystreet.com
If you witnessed the tipping taking place then you should also contact the Environment Agency on 01278 457333.
Have you been affected by fly-tipping? What do you think can be done to prevent fly-tipping across Central Somerset?
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