HOUSEHOLDERS are being reminded that they are responsible for their rubbish – even if someone else fly-tips it illegally.

The reminder is part of the Don’t be a Waster – Reduce, Reuse, Respect campaign which has been looking at issues around fly-tipping in the Ryedale district.

The chairman of the authority's policy and resources committee, Cllr Luke Ives, said “Many people are not aware that they remain responsible for ensuring their rubbish is disposed of properly. If you pay someone to take it away and they dump it illegally, you are still responsible.

“We are seeing more and more of these cases – particularly following appeals for a ‘tip run’ or a ‘man with a van’ on Facebook.

“If you do need someone else to take your rubbish away, it is easy to check the individual is legitimate – just ask to see their waste carriers licence and where they are taking the rubbish. A reputable company will be happy to answer your questions. Finally get a written receipt showing what has been collected and where the rubbish is going."