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Essex checks catch illegal carriers

Half of the vehicles stopped during a waste carrier check in Essex failed the spot check in one or more ways.

Of the 40 vehicles examined in the Environment Agency and Essex Police Road Policing Unit initiative, 18 had offences relating to waste carrier documentation.

The checks in the Colchester and Clacton areas also found five vehicles carrying waste that wasn’t properly contained and 12 vehicles that should have been registered to carry waste but weren’t.

The checks also allowed the agency to gather information regarding illegal sites being used for the disposal of controlled waste. These sites will have enforcement action taken against them to ensure compliance with the regulations.

Environment Agency officer John Parish said: “Fly tipping and illegal disposal of waste will not be tolerated by the Environment Agency. Unlicensed waste carriers and operators are taking an unnecessary gamble as fly tipping can lead to a fine up to £50,000 and in some cases imprisonment. You may also be arrested for depositing waste illegally. For failing not to register as a waste carrier the penalty is a fine of up to £5000.”

Vehicles transporting waste must be registered with the Environment Agency as waste carriers and must also have a waste carrier consignment note with a full description of the waste and where they are taking it.

New regulations that came into force this week make it more difficult for unregistered waste carriers and fly tippers to operate. But the results of the spot checks still dismayed Environment Agency officers.

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