More than 600 bales of general household waste have been found dumped at a former foundry in North-East England with the Environment Agency (EA) reporting a series of similar cases in the region.
Officers from Durham Police and the EA visited the site on Tow Law on 10 February after being alerted to illegal activities there.
The agency said it was the latest in a recent “spate of illegal waste dumping” as it currently had three investigations ongoing relating to eight sites where baled waste had been dumped over the last six months.
Dave Edwardson, enforcement team leader, said: “Landowners can be vulnerable. Waste dumped in vacant buildings or land may leave landowners with the responsibility and costs of disposing of the waste, which can be considerable.
“We’re determined to tackle waste crime such as this; waste that isn’t managed properly can impact on communities, the environment and legitimate businesses and won’t be tolerated.
“I’d urge all landowners, farmers and property agents to be vigilant and report any concerns or anything suspicious to us straight away.
“Waste producers and road hauliers must ensure they adhere to their duty of care when they are managing waste. They can contact the EA if they need any advice or information.”
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