Redbridge Council joined forces with the police recently to run an operation targeting vehicles transporting waste in a bid to weed out potential fly-tippers.
“Under the joint operation, commercial vehicles carrying waste were stopped to identify rogue waste removal services transporting waste in the borough without the relevant waste carrier licences and associated documentation,” said a council spokesperson.
The operation took place in Cambridge Park and Dangan Road in Wanstead in late March and resulted in two commercial vehicles found to be removing waste illegally without a valid Waste Carriers Licence. Both were given a notice to produce their documents and failure to do so will result in a £300 fine each. A similar operation in Seven Kings resulted in large fines totalling £2,700 for those who were stopped and failed to produce their Waste Carriers Licence.
Robin Payne, Redbridge Council’s Operational Director for Civic Pride, said: “We want to send a message, loud and clear, that illegally operating waste removal services are not welcome or tolerated in Redbridge and we won’t hesitate to use the full weight of the law against those caught fly-tipping in the borough.”
If hiring a private contractor to remove household, garden, or construction waste remember to check the individual or company being hired is registered with the Environment Agency and has a valid Waste Carriers Licence. This can be done online here. You can check using either their registration number, business name, or postcode, or call the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.