A truck linked to illegal waste activity across the Home Counties has been seized and crushed by the Environment Agency. Image: Environment Agency

A truck linked to illegal waste activity crushed by the Environment Agency

Officers seized a truck as part of the operation into large scale illegal dumping of commercial waste. A licensed scrap yard crushed it under Environment Agency supervision.

Chair of the Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd, said:

“We are determined to make life hard for waste criminals by preventing and disrupting illegal activity.

“Today’s vehicle crushing highlights the lengths we will go to make criminals pay for their unlawful deeds.”

A truck linked to illegal waste activity across the Home Counties has been seized Image: Environment Agency

The Agency can destroy seized vehicles under powers granted by “The Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) Regulations 2015”.

Despite advertising the seizure, no person came forward to claim the truck. Also, there wasn’t a nominated current owner in DVLA records.

An organised group is believed to have been using the van at seven waste sites across London and the Home Counties.

Land owners were left to clear illegally dumped rubbish

The intensive illegal waste operations at these sites involved several small trucks. Caravans were used to mask the waste tipping. Within two weeks, owners of the were left with a hefty clean-up bill.

The Environment Agency is urging everyone, whether a resident or a business, to take responsibility of their own waste.

Environment Manager for the Environment Agency, Alex Chown, said:

“Using illegal waste dealers may seem tempting in terms of cost, but it can help fund organised crime.

“Everyone has a responsibility for their own waste and if your waste is found at an illegal site you could be facing fines of up to £5,000.”

Only use legitimate waste carriers

Those who need to dispose of rubbish should not give waste to someone who can’t prove that they are a legitimate waste carrier. These carriers are likely to dump your rubbish to avoid paying waste disposal costs.

They should always obtain a waste transfer note as proof. If there is any doubt call the Agency’s Incident Hotline on 0800 70 60 50.

Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or use its online form.

Illegal waste crime drains the UK economy of £1 billion each year in clean-up costs and lost tax revenues. It has a devastating effect on the environment and local communities. Such as pest infestations and fires, which could lead to water and land contamination plus air pollution from the smoke.

Emma Howard Boyd said:

“Thanks to the recent £30 million funding from the government and new powers to tackle problematic sites including authority to lock up sites and force rogue operators out of business.”

 

Two sites closed every day

Last year, the Environment Agency closed down two illegal waste sites every day. It has seized many of vehicles connected with waste crime across the UK. The new waste powers mean that tougher action can be taken to reduce illegal waste activity.

People or businesses who transport, buy, sell or dispose of waste, or arrange for someone else to do so, must be registered.

To check if someone is registered visit the Agency website.

To apply for an environmental permit complete the appropriate form found from this link.