New Year crack down for Staines’ waste carriers

January 10

Environment Agency officers are once again out in force to crack down on illegal waste crime – kick starting the ‘Right Waste Right Place’ initiative for 2017.

Yesterday (9th January) Environment Agency teamed up with the DVSA, Surrey Police and GAIN (Government Agency Intelligence Network) in a bid to reduce waste crime.

Senior Environmental Crime Officer Gill Clayton said:

“This is a very busy time of the year for the waste industry as the excesses of Christmas can be seen in the sheer amount of waste produced. We see a surge of not only packaging waste but also unwanted electrical items and general household goods which householders want to get rid of as part of their New Year clean”.

“We want to make it very clear to people that everyone has a duty of care to ensure their waste is managed and disposed of correctly by the people they give it to. If you use illegal waste carriers to take your rubbish you risk being fined up to £5000”.

During the day, the DVSA stopped several vehicles and together with Officers from the Environment Agency and Surrey Police, checked compliance to identify non-compliance two skip lorry’s from different companies were taken off the road and one was impounded due to driver offences, the companies distributing the waste were disrupted and closed for business for most of the day.
Several driver offences were identified and they were reported on the day.

The multi-agency operation targeted companies and individuals who transport waste without the proper authorisations. Environment officers also checked whether waste carriers were transporting waste to authorised and legitimate sites where it would be handled properly.

Waste being transported with no authorisations is likely to end-up at unregulated sites. Such sites store waste in vast quantities and for long period of time posing significant risks to health and the environment, like fires, which could lead to water and land contamination plus air pollution from smoke. Illegal waste sites are often the cause of odour complaints too.

Gill Clayton added:

“The Environment Agency wants to make sure businesses carrying waste have the proper authorisations to allow them to transport and transfer waste – a waste carrier’s registration from the Environment Agency and waste transfer note from the waste producer.”

“People who manage waste illegally cost the taxpayer millions every year in clean-up costs. They also undercut legitimate business, and pose a direct threat to sustainable growth in the waste management sector. Our enforcement days make sure that the Right Waste goes to the Right Place ‎to stop a few businesses undermining legitimate businesses and help create a level playing field.”

Neil Fellingham GAIN (Government Agency Intelligence Network) Coordinator for the SEROCU (Southeast Region) said:

“Working in partnership, sharing intelligence lawfully and efficiently, the GAIN aims to ensure that government agencies along with Police will help reduce serious and organised crime, protect the environment in the most cost effective way. Today’s action is an excellent example of adopting a multi-agency approach”.

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Notes to Editor

For information on how to apply as a waster carrier, broker or dealer visit: https://www.gov.uk/waste-carrier-or-broker-registration

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 please visit: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

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