Crackdown underway over the misuse of recycling depots

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Traders are abusing household recycling centres

Recycling for Greater Manchester (RfGM) is clamping down on the misuse of recycling depots by traders.

There are twenty residential waste recycling centres throughout Greater Manchester but it has been discovered that traders are misusing the depots and disposing of business waste illegally.

GM is getting tough with those who misuse recycling centres

Greater Manchester is clamping down on misuse of recycling centres

A new Automatic Number Plate Recognition system (ANPR) is to be introduced that will identify vehicles that are thought to be misusing the household waste sites.

A new partnership between RfGM, Viridor Laing Limited and the Greater Manchester Waste Disposal Authority has been set up to help discourage traders from disposing of their business waste.

RfGM has confirmed that it will bring action against any businesses caught misusing any of the household waste centres.

Operations manager for Viridor, Pat Killeen, said: “A number of traders have been found to be using the sites to dispose of trade waste, this is illegal and something which we are committed to tackling.”

“The ANPR system will enable us to monitor traffic across all 20 sites and take action against traders abusing the facilities.”

By law, businesses should pay for the collection and disposal of its commercial waste, or use a suitable licensed facility only. Businesses caught operating without holding a contract with a licensed waste collection company will face prosecution action from local authorities and/or the Environmental Agency.

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