Don't be fooled by cowboy collectors

Sunderland residents are being warned not to be fooled into using cowboy waste collectors.

The warning comes after five householders were ordered to pay the clean up costs after the waste they'd paid to have taken away was found dumped in rural locations across the city.

In each case the householders had paid 'a man in a van' to take the waste away. The cases involved:

• A Castletown resident asked to pay the clean up costs after paying £110 to have cabinets and household refuse taken away. These were later found fly-tipped in Hylton Castle Dene.

• A Chester Road resident who paid £30 for carpets, black bags and plaster board to be removed and disposed of. The waste was later found dumped in nearby St Luke's Road.

• A Farringdon householder who paid £25 for the removal and disposal of a fridge freezer, wood and laminate flooring which was later found dumped in Foxcover Road 25/03/20.

• A Doxford resident who paid £10 for the removal of cardboard and broken furniture which was also later found dumped in Foxcover Road.

• Two incidents of fly-tipping in Camberwell Way, Doxford and Hope Hill farm track, Tunstall, which were traced back to an address in Pallion. The householder paid £40.00 for the removal and disposal of the waste.

Deputy Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, Cllr Michael Mordey, said: "Residents shouldn't be fooled by these cowboy waste collectors. They have absolutely no scruples when it comes to fly tipping waste they have been paid to take away.

"As householders we all have a legal ‘Duty of Care’ to make sure our waste is disposed of lawfully. Failing to do so is an offence, so if these cowboys take your waste and then dump it, it's you who could end up footing the bill for the clean up.

 "If you are arranging a private collection you need to be really careful to check where the waste is going and whether they have a valid waste carrier's licence."

People can check if the waste collector they're planning to use has a license on the Environment Agency’s website here or by calling them on 08708 506 506.

Alternatively residents can arrange for up to six items to be taken away for £10 by booking a bulky collection through the City Council here 

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