The Leading News & Information Service For The Facilities, Workplace & Built Environment Community

Thursday, 17 October

Organised Gangs Behind Lease & Dump Crimes

Baled waste an increasing problem in the South-East

Hundreds of commercial properties are sitting targets for waste criminals the Environment Agency has said as it urges property and land owners across the South-East to be extra vigilant as baled waste crime is on the increase.

The waste is often plastic, builders, commercial or household rubbish that cannot be recycled and which has no monetary value. The waste is compressed into a bale and concealed by plastic strapping.

There have been incidents of large scale dumping of baled waste on sites across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire since 2017. Commercial properties with associated land and roadways that allow vehicles to gain access and dump away from the view of the road and farms are the primary victims.

Meanwhile, criminal gangs are also using what appears to be legal and above board measures - they lease property and land and dump waste bales and then disappear without trace.

Alan Cansdale, an Environment Manager for the Environment Agency, said: These criminal offences have not been random or opportunistic dumping of waste but systematic and organised crime where secure sites have been targeted."

Most of the sites that have been targeted have been cleared at great expense - often in excess of £200,000 a site.

 

Know where your waste is going

The Environment Agency not only wants property and land owners to be more vigilant, they are also asking that businesses, organisations and individuals manage their waste responsibly to prevent it from getting into criminal hands in the first place.

Commercial property agents, trade associations and local authorities across the region have been given the following advice for landlords and landowners:

  • Carry out rigorous checks on prospective new tenants. Land and property owners have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land/premises complies with regulations, so it is essential that you establish how and for what they are going to use the land/property.
  • Check any empty land and property regularly and make sure it is secure.
  • It is illegal to store waste on your land without the required permits. You may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored on your land or property without the relevant permissions and you could be liable to prosecution and the cost of removing the waste.
  • Landlords should check before signing a contract that the contract complies with regulations. You can view whether a potential tenant holds the correct permit to carry out waste operations.
  • The offer of payment to temporarily store waste is a scam, the waste will likely never be collected.
  • If you are approached to store baled waste, even on a short term basis, refuse the material and call the Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
  • There are hundreds of commercial properties across the South East thought to be empty, all of which are potential targets for waste criminals.

 

Arrest made following Home Counties waste mountains

An investigation into dozens of giant heaps of waste dumped illegally across southern England has led to an arrest.

A 44-year-old man from Maidenhead, in Berkshire, was held at Eton Wick on 21 May, by Thames Valley Police in connection with large-scale illegal waste tipping across Surrey, west London, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Hampshire.

The spate of incidents started in March this year, and has so far seen 35 incidents of waste deposited unlawfully.

The arrest is part of an ongoing investigation between the Environment Agency and Metropolitan Police and Thames Valley and Surrey forces.

A tipper lorry and van believed to be involved in the illegal waste operation were seized as part of the operation. The investigation continues.

Picture: Baled waste an increasing problem in the South-East.

Article written by Brian Shillibeer

Share



Related Articles

The Issue Of Paper Straws Dogs McDonalds' Enviro Rep

Paper straws in workplaces and restaurants are as unrecyclable as their plastic forerunners. McDonalds' environmental reputation has been sullied by not telling their...

 Read Full Article
Sort The Confusion - Falling Recycling Rates Blamed On Lack Of Understanding

Waste giant Biffa has called for UK recycling confusion to be sorted, saying that inconsistency and confusion in labelling, sorting and collections are preventing UK...

 Read Full Article
Poor Maintenance & Reporting Lead To £126 Million Penalty

Southern Water has agreed to pay £126 million in penalties and payments to customers after dreadful maintenance led to sewage treatment failures. A criminal...

 Read Full Article
Not So Deee-Liteful - Biffa Bashed For Grubby Waste Deal

Waste giant Biffa has been found guilty of exporting banned waste to China in containers labelled as waste paper but containing used nappies, sanitary towels, shoes and...

 Read Full Article
By Gove - Polluter Pays In Resources & Waste Strategy

Businesses and manufacturers are to pay the full cost of recycling or disposing of their packaging waste under the government’s Resources and Waste Strategy...

 Read Full Article
Stinky Renewi - Pew And Phew

A rather smelly waste company has said 'phew' as it avoids a massive fine, for causing more than a little stink, by changing its habits and donating to...

 Read Full Article
Working For Tips And Peanuts

Thames Water has recruited Biffa to tackle fly-tipping at its Oxford site and KP the peanut people have taken the firm on to do waste and recycling at six plants. Biffa...

 Read Full Article
Recycle Week

September 23-29 is Recycle Week with the theme  Recycling - It’s In Our Own Hands. The organisers state that 2018 was the year that Britain woke up to...

 Read Full Article
Don't Make A Crisis Out Of A Drama

Two companies have combined to help support policy holders when things go wrong at a property and make dealing with the aftermath as hassle-free as possible. VPS...

 Read Full Article
New Rental Tax Rules Could Cost Investors £Millions

The latest taxation changes to commercial and residential property could cost non-UK companies £millions. The latest set of changes come in to force on 6 April...

 Read Full Article