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Lichfield residents urged to help stop gardeners dumping waste

Lichfield residents are being urged to check out their gardener following an increase in the amount of waste being dumped in the area.

Garden waste dumped on Whitacre Lane in Stonnall

Garden waste dumped on Whitacre Lane in Stonnall

In one incident, around 1.5 tonnes of garden waste that had been dumped by the side of Footherley Lane in Shenstone, while another saw five tonnes of garden waste blocking Whitacre Lane in Stonnall.

Now Lichfield District Council is urging residents to double check that any gardener they employ is properly registered as a waste carrier.

Councillor Louise Flowith, Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said:

“We spend around £73,000 each year clearing up waste that has been dumped across the district – money that could be better spent on services for residents. Everyone can help us to keep the district free of litter by making sure they only use properly licensed companies to do work on their behalf.

“So, when employing a gardener, tree surgeon, builder or house clearance company, it’s important to check they are licensed to legally remove your waste. If they cannot produce this paperwork, don’t use them as you may end up becoming a fly-tipper indirectly, and could be fined up to £5,000.”

The council is also asking local people to report any incidences of fly-tipping they see by visiting www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/reportit or by calling 01543 308999.

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2 Comments

  1. Asellus aquaticus

    29th June, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    I’ve checked and it’s not my gardener.

    However, I am a bit suspicious of my butler, and my wife has mentioned that the housekeeper and the scullery maids have been looking a bit shifty recently.

  2. Steve

    30th June, 2010 at 11:06 pm

    Crikey old chap, I’ve never given a moments thought to what my surfs do with garden waste.