Clean sweep on illegal waste management activities in Lincolnshire
- Waste crime undermines legitimate business and can harm the environment and local communities
- Anyone with information about waste crime should contact the Environment Agency hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously at Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
The Environment Agency and partners including Lincolnshire Police, Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA), South Kesteven Council and HM Revenue & Customs have joined forces. They have united to crack down on illegal littering activities in Lincolnshire – called Operation Clean Sweep.
In a day of targeted action, officers disrupted the activities of those allegedly involved in illegal waste management activities. The teams also gathered intelligence and evidence to support future enforcement actions.
A number of vehicles were stopped and checked to ensure they were operating in accordance with the law. The partners have issued fixed penalty notices to unlicensed waste haulers, with further enforcement notices being issued by Lincolnshire Police and the DVSA. A fixed fine notice has been issued by South Kesteven District Council with follow-up investigations by the Environment Agency into vehicles found carrying hazardous waste.
The Environment Agency has also visited waste sites suspected of being operated illegally or in breach of their permit conditions. A site has been found to be illegally storing thousands of tires and has now been ordered to stop all activity.
Stuart Hoyle, waste crime specialist for the Lincolnshire Environment Agency, said:
Waste crime undermines legitimate activities, can cause environmental damage and misery for local people.
We continue to work with our law enforcement partners to prosecute those who commit illegal waste activities in Lincolnshire.
We remain committed to preventing and disrupting illegal dumping, large-scale dumping and closing illegal waste sites.
We urge anyone with information about waste crime to contact our hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre -form.
Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones said:
Keeping our countryside and villages clean and free of illegal waste is a vital part of ensuring our communities and residents feel safe and that’s why I want to support work in this area.
In addition, individuals and groups involved in illegal waste disposal are often involved in a wide range of other criminal activities and it is important that we seek out and punish those involved.
The work carried out by the South Kesteven partners is an example of how, by working together, we can make a difference.
Operation Clean Sweep has already been carried out in 3 other areas of Lincolnshire District Council as part of the Let’s SCRAP Fly-Tipping campaign. To avoid fines, the Environment Agency advises members of the public that when disposing of their waste using waste haulers, follow the SCRAP code, which means:
- Suspect ALL waste haulers
- Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the service provider who removes your waste is approved
- Refuse unexpected offers for waste removal
- Ask what will happen to your waste
- Documents must be obtained – get a full receipt