Two fly-tipping sites in Bedfordshire are being investigated after a two day operation involving Bedfordshire Police’s Rural Crime Team and all three councils across the Bedfordshire.
Last Wednesday and Thursday (10 and 11 April), the team ran a joint operation with Environmental Protection Officers to check that waste-carrying vehicles had the necessary paperwork in place.
Legislation requires anyone carrying waste has the correct licence and is complying with the relevant requirements to move waste.
Licensing Compliance Officers from all three local authorities also carried out checks at scrapyards, recycling centres and home businesses where cars are dismantled.
The days of action follow fly-tipping being highlighted as one of the national priorities for Rural Crime as set by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).
PC Stuart Grant, from the Rural Crime Team, said: “Fly-tipping can range from small sites on the side of the road to illegal waste dumping grounds, where others are charged to dump waste illegally with no control or documentation.
“Fly-tipping has been identified as a national issue, but we know that it’s also a problem in our rural communities. Our residents shouldn’t have their landscapes blemished with waste.
“Our days of action were a great success, and we were able to check numerous vehicles and make sure they held the correct licences and documentation.
“We’ll continue to work with our colleagues at all of Bedfordshire’s local authorities to ensure Bedfordshire is not an easy target for fly-tipping and waste crime.”
The Rural Crime Team are asking anyone who witnesses fly-tipping in progress to call 999. However, if waste has already been dumped and it is not a crime in progress, please report this to the local authority for that area.
Members of the public who pay companies that are not licensed to dispose of their waste can also be prosecuted if their rubbish is found to have been fly-tipped.
Follow these tips to make sure your waste is disposed of responsibly and to avoid prosecution:
- Suspect all waste carriers. Don’t let them take your rubbish until they provide proof of registration. Note their vehicle’s registration plate.
- Check that a waste carrier is registered on the Environment Agency’s website.
- Refuse any unexpected offers to have your rubbish taken away.
- Ask how your rubbish will be disposed of – seek evidence of this.
- Paperwork must be obtained: a proper invoice, waste transfer note or receipt, including a description of the waste being removed and the waste carrier’s contact details