Is that the right rubbish?

PUBLISHED: 15:25 24 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:20 24 May 2010

HI-TECH computers will soon be recording number plates at tips around North Somerset to try to stop rogue rubbish dumpers. Cameras will be monitoring people using the tips and making sure they are not dumping trade waste from their cars. When drivers ente

HI-TECH computers will soon be recording number plates at tips around North Somerset to try to stop rogue rubbish dumpers.Cameras will be monitoring people using the tips and making sure they are not dumping trade waste from their cars.When drivers enter the sites a camera will record the car's number plate on a computer.If a car is spotted using the tip regularly then North Somerset Council officers will investigate to see whether the motorist is using the car correctly.If officers decide the car is being used to dump waste from the owner's business they could be banned.Council officers have come up with the system after problems with the closure of the civic amenity site at Black Rock Quarry in Portishead.Hundreds of people from the north of the district have been forced to travel to Weston-super-Mare to dump their rubbish.Because of the huge number of people using the Aisecome Way civic amenity site, tip workers have been checking that only people from North Somerset are using the site.But the tip has still been overwhelmed and the council suspects the problem has come from people using it to dump trade waste.Councillor John Crockford-Hawley said: "Because we are quite close to other local authorities, people from outside the district often come to use our facilities."The tips are only meant for use by people from North Somerset, and free waste disposal only applies to household waste.

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