Stop and search: waste being transported illegally

Stop and search reveals waste being transported illegally

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On Thursday, 8 November officers from Gloucestershire Police and Tewkesbury Borough Council undertook a joint enforcement initiative stopping vehicles that looked like they could be carrying waste, in an effort to deal with illegal flytipping and rural crime in the borough.

Officers particularly focused on Sandhurst Village, Cursey Lane and Bozzard Lane as these areas have experienced significant fly tipping.

The initiative involved a series of checks on commercial vehicles to establish whether waste was being transported legally. Seven vehicles were stopped and checked, and one of the vehicles will be subject to a fixed penalty notice for failure to provide a waste carriers license which carries a fine of £300. Three further vehicles were subjected to additional enquiries which proved to be satisfactory.

This initiative follows a number of successful enforcement cases taken by the council to tackle fly tipping. Earlier this year a business was fined £1200 and ordered to pay costs of £1325 in connection with waste offences.

Tewkesbury Borough Council’s lead member for Clean and Green Environment, Councillor Jim Mason, said: ”We are committed to ensuring that all waste carriers are appropriately licensed, fly tipping is a serious criminal offence and we will continue to work closely with Gloucestershire Police to tackle this issue and other rural crimes.”

All businesses must have a Waste Carriers License if transporting waste, and transfer notes must be completed when waste is transferred. Failure to have the correct license could result in a fixed penalty of £300 or an unlimited fine if convicted. A waste Carriers License can be obtained from the Environment Agency at www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration.

Should members of the public wish to report cases of fly tipping or other environmental crimes, please report it on the council’s website or by calling the Environmental Health Team on 01684 272189.