Operation to tackle fly-tipping in Hertsmere
PUBLISHED: 13:03 24 February 2016 | UPDATED: 13:03 24 February 2016
Hertsmere Council took part in a multi-agency operation to tackle fly-tipping in the borough.
The operation, which took place on Friday, February 12, involved council officers from Hertsmere’s Environmental Health team and specialist and Safer Neighbourhood Team officers from Hertfordshire Constabulary.
They aimed to clamp down on fly-tipping and ensure that waste carrying vehicles are roadworthy, as well as focusing on access points to known fly-tipping hotspots in the borough.
Councillor Jean Heywood, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious crime for which a court can impose an unlimited fine and up to five years’ imprisonment so it’s useful to run these operations from time to time to carry out checks and to remind waste carriers of their responsibilities.”
A number of stop checks were carried out on commercial vehicles. 19 vehicles were stopped in total, prompting four waste licence enquiries.
Three drivers were dealt with for vehicle defect offences and ‘Smart Water’ was applied to one vehicle as a crime prevention measure.
PC Philip Tuck, Rural & Wildlife Crime Officer for Hertsmere, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and can really blight an area.
“Anybody who passes waste to an unknown person without exchanging traceable paperwork immediately commits an offence.
“This also applies to local residents, who should not pay to have waste removed from their property without first checking that the person removing the waste is a licensed waste carrier, and always obtain a receipt.”
To report fly-tipping go to www.hertsmere.gov.uk/reportit or call 020 8207 7480. If you see fly-tipping taking place contact the police via 999.