This summer, Surrey residents and businesses are being urged to be vigilant when employing traders to dispose of their waste or risk fines of up to £400.
Although a rogue trader may fly-tip the waste, it could still be whoever employs them that is fined. To avoid prosecution, residents and businesses must ensure they use a registered waste carrier and ask them how and where they intend to dispose of waste, get a receipt and avoid traders who knock on doors or advertise on websites like Facebook and Gumtree.
Fly-tippers can face fines of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to twelve months if convicted. They are also at risk of having their vehicle crushed or being sentenced to unpaid community service.