Stop and search operation targets waste carriers
By Bethany Winter | 6th August 2018
Thirty vehicles were stopped in Bream and Mitcheldean as part of a clampdown on fly-tipping and illegal waste disposal by Forest of Dean District Council Officers and Gloucestershire Constabulary.
The council's Environmental and Regulatory Services and Community Engagement Officers, along with the police, were aiming to identify rogue traders and provide advice and information to businesses handling waste. The Police stopped vehicles that were potentially carrying trade waste and conducted vehicle checks. Council Officers interviewed the drivers about any waste they were carrying to determine whether they were acting within the law, and, where necessary, they were registered and licensed and were carrying the appropriate documentation.
In total 30 vehicles were stopped, three warnings given and one vehicle seized. Three Fixed penalty notices will be issued that relate to not being licensed and not having waste transfer documentation.
Cllr Chris McFarling, Cabinet Member for Environment, Wildlife, Heritage and Culture at Forest of Dean District Council said: "Ensuring businesses are correctly licensed to carry waste and have the correct documentation plays a critical role in the prevention of fly tipping across our beautiful district.
"Not only are we committed to helping them comply with their legal requirements whilst ensuring we deal with offenders in an appropriate manner, we are also keen to send out the message that fly-tipping is a wholly unacceptable blight on our communities and the natural environment."
The Environment Agency is responsible for issuing licences to waste carriers. If you need any information on this you can call them on 08708 506 506 or view their public register.
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