The dangers of fly tipping

When a local landlord dumped carpets, mattresses and bags in a private field in Lincolnshire little did he know that it would land him in court on a charge of fly tipping and facing a £1,000 bill. He was tracked down after local Council officials found documents that led them back to a property he owned.

The laws on fly tipping are clear. If you use unlicensed waste carriers who don’t dispose of your waste properly you, the landlord or householder, are legally responsible and are likely to face prosecution.

The offence of fly-tipping and the additional offences of ‘knowingly causing’ or ‘knowingly permitting’ fly-tipping carries a maximum £50,000 fine and/or twelve months’ imprisonment.

So the next time you think about using a fly by night waste removal company to take away your rubbish think again! It could cost you dear in the long run.

As Councillor Alan Caine, of West Lindsey District Council warns: “All householders need to make sure that they only give their domestic waste to authorised persons, those who have a waste carriers licence.

“This is to prevent unlawful fly tipping as highlighted in this particular set of circumstances.

“If you do give your rubbish to people you don’t know and it is found to be fly-tipped, you are likely to face prosecution.”

Away With It are fully licensed and authorised waste carriers. All the rubbish we collect is properly disposed of at Council disposal facilities and the cost of disposal is included in the price you pay. Plus, up to 90% of the waste we remove is recycled or re-used. So not only do we keep you out of jail but our eco-friendly approach helps to protect the environment.

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Time For The Annual Spring Clean!

With winter finally on the way out and the start of British summertime just around the corner your thoughts may be turning to the ritual of the annual spring clean.

The origins of spring cleaning traditions date back to ancient times. For centuries, Iranians have been following the ritual of “shaking the house” just before the start of the Persian New Year which falls on the first day of spring, cleaning everything inside the house from the carpets, curtains furniture to silverware and clearing the garden of winter debris. This is believed to rid the house of evil spirits. In Scotland it’s also traditional to give the house a thorough clean on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) and in Jewish tradition spring cleaning is done in preparation for the Passover feast. In Greece and other Orthodox countries spring cleaning is carried out just before the start of Great Lent which is referred to as Clean Week.

In many cultures spring cleaning is associated with spiritual renewal. In China, for example, it is believed to get rid of the bad luck of the past year and get your home ready to fill with the good luck sure to follow in the new one. Many people use this time to repaint their homes and fix anything that’s broken.

sign: order and chaosSpring cleaning isn’t just about cleaning your home. It’s also about getting rid of clutter that you don’t need. Experts agree that clutter is bad for our physical health, providing a breeding ground for mould and bacteria and dust that can exacerbate certain medical conditions such as asthma and eczema. Living in a messy, disorganised environment can also create stress and anxiety. So de-cluttering is actually good for your mental health too, creating a sense of control and enhanced well-being. And you don’t need to be a hoarder to enjoy the benefits! Tackling that pile of junk in your loft, garage or cellar (or even on the back seat of your car!) or simply taking a couple of hours to tidy up the garden ready for spring will make you feel more calm and relaxed and create a sense of spiritual renewal.

Why not take advantage of the natural urge that comes each spring and make a plan for getting rid of all your clutter over the next month? You’ll not only be creating more space in your home but also in your mind. You’ll feel much better for it and the cleaning will be so much easier too once you’ve cleared away all the junk! You may even make a little cash on the side by selling your unwanted items on eBay to put towards a holiday or some new home furnishings.

Don’t forget that Away With It is always here to help by taking away anything you want to get rid of that can’t be donated or sold.