Environment Agency (EA) enforcement teams have found six waste sites to be operating without the required permits in the Thames Valley area.
Enforcement officers paid unannounced visits to 21 sites suspected of operating without the required environmental permits.
According to the EA, a number of these had responded to its previous advice and stopped their illegal activities. However, six were found to be operating illegally.
Enforcement team leader Helen Page said the information it gathered would be used to close down more sites in future.
She said she was pleased at the outcome: “Visits on a day of action is just one of the ways we are tackling illegal waste sites.
“We use reports from industry and the public to build intelligence and target our work at those involved in organised environmental crime and where their activities pose the greatest risk to the environment.”
Operating an illegal waste site can result in unlimited fines and up to five years’ imprisonment. Other penalties include disqualification as a director, seizure of vehicles, disqualification from driving and community service.
The EA said it will also use the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover any profit from illegal activity, which can run into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
- Picture: burning waste at Hampshire site