Fly-tippers dump asbestos

THERE have been four incidences of fly-tipped asbestos in East Devon in the last 10 days.

THERE have been four incidences of fly-tipped asbestos in East Devon in the last 10 days. East Devon District Council's REACT team have cleared asbestos roofing material at Shute Hill Woods, Woodbury Common, Streamers Meadow in Honiton and near Farringdon. There has also been an incident on private land near Honiton. It is not clear whether the incidents are related. The fly-tipping of asbestos is a particularly unpleasant offence as it poses a danger to the public and to the council staff who have to clear it. It is also very expensive to dispose of; the four fly-tips cleared by EDDC have cost the taxpayer over �2,000. Penalties for fly-tipping are severe - up to two years in prison or a fine up to �50,000 or both - to reflect the seriousness of offences such as these recent asbestos flytips. To help prevent fly-tipping, anyone having asbestos removed from their property has a legal duty to check that it is being collected and disposed of properly by a registered company (this can be done by checking with the Environment Agency). If anyone recognises the asbestos in the photograph or has any information relating to any of the fly-tips they can contact REACT. Assistance from the public is vital in catching those responsible for fly-tipping in East Devon.


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