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Fly-tip van crushed by regulator

A van used to dump waste illegally in Berkshire has been seized and crushed by the Environment Agency (EA).

The green Transit had been linked to waste crime across a network of illegal sites in London and surrounding counties.

It was destroyed by a licensed scrapyard, under EA supervision, after it was seized during a criminal investigation into the large-scale illegal dumping of commercial waste.

The agency said intensive unlawful dumping involved several small trucks driving on to caravan sites to mask the fly-tipping. The sites were quickly trashed, often leaving owners with clean-up costs of tens of thousands of pounds.

Much of the offending waste came from small building operations and small businesses.

EA enforcement officer Helen Hancock said: “If you operate any form of business, you have a legal responsibility to safely contain and legally dispose of any waste produced. If you don’t, you can be taken to court as you are committing a serious offence.”

The EA can crush seized vehicles under the powers granted by the Control of Waste (Dealing with Seized Property) Regulations 2015.

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