Gravesham handyman catalogues flytipping to highlight waste disposal rule change (From News Shopper)
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Gravesham handyman catalogues flytipping to highlight waste disposal rule change
A GRAVESHAM handyman has photographed a catalogue of flytipped rubbish to highlight a rule change banning him from disposing of his own household waste at a recycling centre.
Lee Hardy has snapped waste left in Nurstead Church Lane in Meopham and Lodge Lane, Church Road and Cobhambury Road in Cobham - all in the last few months.
The 54-year-old has seen bagged building rubble, other building and plumbing waste and discarded furniture left heaped by the side of the road.
The Ridgeway Avenue resident says while the "usual suspects" are allowed to get away with fly tipping across the borough, a rule change prevents him from using a van to drop off his garden waste at the Pepperhill Household Waste Recycling Centre in Station Road.
All vans and pick-ups were banned from dropping off waste at the facility as of October last year to try and cut down on businesses illegally disposing of commercial waste for free.
Mr Hardy said: "Decision-makers never think of the environmental and cost issues surrounding the amount of trips required in order to recycle that waste: two or three trips in my van versus several in my car, possibly over more than one day.
"How does household waste suddenly become business waste by transferring it to a van?"
The former industrial firefighter at GSK in Dartford says he also deals with commercial waste from the gardens of mainly elderly customers for whom he does around £3,000 worth of work a year.
Mr Hardy added: "I'm due to semi-retire this year and would like to carry on doing the handyman and gardening work, but the people making these petty decisions are putting up huge barriers making it extremely difficult for decent tax-paying residents and small local businesses."
Kent County Council declined to comment.
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