A BURY business is taking the fight to fly-tippers in a bid to keep the borough's streets cleaner.

Ramsbottom-based Senior Waste Removals have launched a mission to help remove fly-tipped waste, prevent illegal dumping, tackle unlicensed rogue traders, and limit the amount of waste sent to landfill.

Warren Senior, managing director at Senior Waste Management, decided that he had to do something about the rise of fly-tipping in the Bury area after spotting waste, including around five black bin bags of waste, carpet and documents, on the junction of Whalley Road and Church while travelling down the A56 on December 20.

Mr Senior said: "This unfortunately happens too much, so we decided enough is enough, and to clear it up and keep the streets cleaner as much as we can."

After clearing the waste the family-run company, who recently came third in the Made in Bury Business Awards for environmental impact, took it to a local recycling plant, as they do with up 75 per cent of waste they collect.

Following the incident Mr Senior said he has also been in contact with Bury Council, on whom the burden for dealing with fly tipping usually falls, and has sent over the documentation found with the fly tipped waste in a bid to track down the perpetrators.

The documentation identified an address in Todmorden, leading Mr Senior to believe the person had been a victim of an unofficial removal company.

The firm is consequently warning people against using illegitimate, unlicensed waste removal companies, whom they suspect might be behind the incident.

Mr Senior said: "I want to open people's eyes to be careful of who they use.

"There is an awful lot of rouge traders in this game, posting over social media platforms.

"People need to be aware of this and make sure who they use are fully licensed, with a Waste Carriers License and provide a Waste Transfer Note on removal of waste, which tells you who collected the waste and where they took it.

"This will prevent similar incidents happening."

Senior Waste Management's campaign also follows the revelation that Bury Council spent £217,476 clearing up 3,337 fly-tipping incidents across the borough in 2016/17.