Crack­ing down on fly­tip­pers

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - News -

● CE­MENT blocks weigh­ing five tonnes each have been bought to help stop crim­i­nals dump­ing il­le­gal waste on land across Hal­ton and the sur­round­ing ar­eas.

The En­vi­ron­ment Agency (EA) in Greater Manch­ester, Mersey­side and Cheshire have pur­chased two of the blocks which will be used as bar­ri­ers.

The equip­ment will be used across the North West to act as a de­ter­rent to crim­i­nals.

The EA said waste crime is a se­ri­ous is­sue which di­verts as much as a £1bn a year from le­git­i­mate busi­ness and the Trea­sury.

EA area man­age­ment man­ager Tracey Rim­mer said: “We are tak­ing this ac­tion to dis­rupt il­le­gal waste crime as it can cause se­ri­ous pol­lu­tion to the en­vi­ron­ment and put com­mu­ni­ties at risk.

“Waste crime also un­der­mines le­git­i­mate busi­ness and the in­vest­ment and eco­nomic growth that goes with it.

“We are pur­chas­ing the blocks to stop il­le­gal waste be­ing dumped on land but we are also us­ing this op­por­tu­nity to en­sure that landown­ers un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Landown­ers can be left with huge costs run­ning into the mil­lions to re­move waste that has been il­le­gally de­posited.

“We want to work with landown­ers, in­dus­try and trade bodies to en­sure they un­der­stand the im­pli­ca­tions of let­ting land to waste op­er­a­tors.

“By in­tro­duc­ing the blocks we are try­ing to strike a bal­ance be­tween sup­port­ing waste busi­nesses who we reg­u­late while com­ing down firmly on those who flout the law caus­ing harm to com­mu­ni­ties and the en­vi­ron­ment.”

The EA is also urg­ing landown­ers to be aware of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties when rent­ing land to a com­pany deal­ing with waste.

Land­lords should check be­fore sign­ing a con­tract that it com­plies with reg­u­la­tions and can do so on­line to dis­cover whether the po­ten­tial ten­ant holds the cor­rect per­mit to carry out waste op­er­a­tions.

Res­i­dents who are aware of il­le­gal waste ac­tiv­ity can call the EA’s in­ci­dent hot­line on 0800 807 060.

Con­crete blocks have been in­stalled to pre­vent il­le­gal waste tip­ping on empty land

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