Asbestos illegally dumped on country road outside Rugby
Asbestos was recently found in a mound of illegally dumped rubbish on Penn Lane, off the A5 near Wibtoft in Rugby, Warwickshire. The tipped waste completely blocked off the country lane and was estimated to have been blocking the area for four days straight.
Trained contractors were hired to clear away the debris, which included several tyres, a fridge and car seat, as well as piles of deadly asbestos. The local council’s environmental protection team was called to inspect the scene after the asbestos was reported on 14th November.
This illegal tipping has created a substantial clean-up bill for the council, going well into the thousands. The council is appealing to anyone who may have information about the illegal tippers and their whereabouts.
The environmental spokesperson for Rugby Borough Council, Councillor Lisa Parker, stated: “This has the hallmarks of a commercial fly-tip carried out by someone happy to make an easy profit at the expense of the environment and the council taxpayer.”
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The inconsiderate manner in which this asbestos was handled suggests that it could have made itself into the air and harmed nearby wildlife.
Incorrect asbestos removal, or its disturbance, can release harmful fibres in the air that could be inhaled and cause asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Thankfully, specially trained contractors were able to safely remove the asbestos buried among the other rubbish two days after it was identified, ensuring that no threat will be posed to people walking along that path in the future.
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