There has been another reminder from authorities this month about the importance of using licensed waste carriers when getting waste removed, as an arrest is made in a widespread investigation in the South of England.
The arrest of a 44 year old man came about after investigation into several incidents of fly tipping and illegal dumping across Surrey, West London, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Hampshire. The incidents are said to have occurred from March this year and a tipper lorry and van have also been seized as part of the investigation. The Environment Agency has stated that the arrest was in connection with ‘large scale illegal waste tipping’.
Emma Viner of the agency stated: “Waste criminals put both the environment and local communities at risk with their reckless actions. The Environment Agency is determined to bring culprits to justice.We encourage anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
Laws that changed in 2014 mean that now anyone that removes or carries waste of any kind should be registered and they are required to have a waste carrier’s license. This is a requirement whether this is their own business waste or if they have removed for someone else. The laws were introduced in an attempt to reduce fly tipping incidents from illegal waste removal firms but problems are still occurring.
The offence of fly tipping is criminal and can be punished by way of a fine of up to £50,000 or 12 months in prison if the offence is dealt with by a Magistrates’ Court. The severity can increase if the crime is dealt with by Crown Court with an unlimited fine and 5 years in prison a possibility.
TH Removals is a fully licensed waste removal company and we are happy to help anyone in all areas of Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We can help you to remove excess waste from your home or assist with a house clearance or garden waste. We are experienced removals experts and will work with you to clear waste and leave you with a clear space along with peace of mind that waste will be dealt with appropriately.