A load of asbestos has been cleared by specialist contractors after it was dumped in the open by flytippers.
The harmful heap had been dumped in Hemel Hempstead’s Westwick Row, close to the intersection with Green Lane in Leverstock Green.
Dacorum Borough Council confirmed the waste dumped at the site did contain asbestos, and that it was cleared by a specialist contractor as soon as the authority was made aware of the problem.
Asbestos poses a danger to those who come into contact with it as, when disturbed, fibres are released into the air. The material is linked to serious and often fatal diseases with exposure over time, including mesothelioma and asbestosis.
Neil Harden, the borough council’s portfolio holder for residents and regulatory services said: “The illegal dumping of asbestos is completely irresponsible and, as with all cases of fly tipping, we will investigate this thoroughly and deal with the offenders accordingly.
“We owe it to the majority of residents who dispose of their rubbish legitimately to tackle this environmental crime in any way we can. We are constantly looking at a range of ways that we can prevent fly tipping across the borough including educating people as to the penalties and how to report those spotted flytipping, advising people on alternative means of disposing of waste, regularly monitoring known locations, installing suitable signage and through surveillance.”
The illegal dumping of asbestos is completely irresponsible and we will deal with the offenders accordingly.Cllr Neil Harden
Fly tipping is a criminal offence which can carry a penalty of up to £50,000 and/or two years imprisonment.
Click here for more advice from Dacorum Borough Council on flytipping and waste disposal. If you spot flytipping in progress, call police on 101.
If the waste is blocking a road, report the incident to Herts County Council on 0300 101 4047.