2015-08-07   facebook twitter rss

Waste Crime Warning

The CLA in the North is warning farmers and landowners to beware of illegal waste operations that may cost them thousands in clean-up costs.

The warning comes after investigating officers at the Environment Agency discovered large-scale tipping of waste at sites in Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire without the required waste permits being in place.

Illegal waste tipping

Illegal waste tipping

In a series of incidents, a waste operator has negotiated access to land by signing leases for their use. Once the operators had access to the land, they dumped waste, and then they disappeared - leaving the landowners to face the clean-up bill.

In recent weeks, waste has been dumped at six sites across Sheffield, Rotherham, Leeds, and Brigg. Most of the waste is wrapped in bales, using green or black plastic, although one site has seen 100 containers of liquid left behind. In total the clean-up costs could be close to £1million.

CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said:
“Organised groups are making concerted efforts to target landowners and farmers with land in extremely isolated areas, well shielded from public highways, to store huge quantities of waste – often plastics and wood – on a temporary basis.

“These are usually slick operations, with the ringleaders seemingly having a very legitimate front. They appear to have all relevant permits and offer cash to store the waste. However, once the site is full they disappear leaving landowners with a rather large pile of waste – for which they believed there was licence – to dispose of at their own expense.”

Joanne Holt, enforcement team leader at the Environment Agency, said: “Any person or business who transports, treats, stores or deposits waste without the required environmental permits is breaking the law. And if waste is left illegally on any land, the responsibility for removing it can fall to the landowner or property landlord.

“Don’t take an operator’s word for it: if they say they have an Environment Agency permit, then check with us. Either call our customer contact centre on 03708 506506 and give the name of the company, or check our public register on our website.”


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