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Waste carriers targeted as part of action day to crackdown on fly tipping

Published Wednesday 28 July, 2021
Last updated on Wednesday 28 July, 2021

Waste carriers were targeted last week (23 Jul) as part of another day action to crackdown on fly tipping.

Swale Borough Council teamed up with Kent Police’s Rural Task Force to carry out enquiries, seize vehicles and collate evidence against people suspected of fly tipping, with a view to prosecuting offenders for waste related crimes.

Outcomes from the day were:

  • 6 vehicles stopped and searched
  • 1 Fixed Penalty Notices issued
  • 1 producer issued
  • 4 vehicles seized (Kent Police).

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“We stopped and searched numerous vehicles on Friday during our joint action day with Kent Police to crack down on fly-tipping in Swale.

“We issued a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to one driver for failing to produce transfer notes for the waste he was carrying. We also reported him to our licencing team for not having a scrap metal licence.

“Another driver was also reported to our licencing team for the same offence and was issued a producer by the Police requiring him to produce driving documents at his local police station within seven days. The vehicle was also seized for not having any tax.

“The Police also seized a further three vehicles for road traffic offences including being overweight, having insecure loads and not being roadworthy.

“Despite these offences, it was reassuring to see that most of the vehicles that were stopped had the correct paperwork required to transport waste on the highway.

“We are cracking down on illegal fly-tipping in Swale. Anyone caught carrying waste without the correct license can receive a £400 FPN.”

More and more of these action days are taking place across the county. A tremendous amount of preparation takes place ahead of these days, including the gathering of vital intelligence to support the council’s enforcement team with their duties.

What can you do to dispose of your waste responsibly?

Fly tippers often target households via social media or local advertising, luring customers in with cheap rates to dispose of unwanted furniture, building rubble or garden waste. However, these unlicensed waste carriers often simply dump the waste where ever they can get away with it, including in Kent’s country lanes. Householders or small businesses found to be using criminals to dispose of their waste can and are being prosecuted by local authorities in Kent with fixed penalty notices that go up to £400 per offence.  Failure to pay such an FPN may result in court action where fines can be significantly larger.

To prevent this, householders should check whether someone is licenced to carry waste by visiting the Environment Agency website below, or alternatively call 03708 506506. It also helps if householders receive a written receipt or transfer note, including contact details, description of waste removed and details of where the waste is being taken to.

The 13 Kent councils, along with Kent Police, are working in partnership to Keep Kent Clean. To keep updated with the councils’ efforts to tackle fly tipping and littering, follow #KeepKentClean.