Seized fly-tipping vehicle crushed

Published Tuesday, 18 December 2018

A vehicle involved in fly-tipping incidents in Bromley, has been crushed.

The white Ford tipper truck was seized in September after CCTV surveillance revealed it was involved in fly-tipping incidents in Kangley Bridge Road, Sydenham. Further investigations followed but as there was no evidence that the driver of the vehicle at the time was involved in the fly-tipping incidents and he was not the registered keeper, the vehicle was seized under Sections 33/34/34B Environmental Protection Act 1990. Despite advertising the seizure, as the official keeper failed to reclaim the vehicle, Recycling Lives, the council’s contractor, has been disposed of it.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said: “We will keep tackling the dangerous menace of flytipping in all the ways possible.  Seizing suspected vehicles in fly-tipping incidents is just one of the ways our ‘Fly-tippers – we’re watching you’ campaign aims to address this issue.  We will prosecute where the evidence exists and we are using vehicle ‘stop and search’ operations with the Police. Unclaimed vehicles, like this one, will be crushed and the parts reused if possible.  It is not too late to report more information that comes to light and details can be reported to us in confidence at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime .” 

Witnesses to fly-tipping or other enviro-crimes should report them to the police and pass the information to the council at www.bromley,gov.uk/envirocrime. Detailed information, such as a description of the offender, could be useful evidence and through the enviro-crime reward scheme, the council may give up to £500 as a ‘thank you’ to anyone whose evidence helps them prosecute. 

Anyone just reporting dumped rubbish or fly-tipping for clearance is advised to do so via the council’s mobile-friendly website www.bromley.gov.uk/report . Usually, it will be cleared by council contractors within 5 working days of a report. However, it will depend on the quantity involved and location. If it’s a large-scale fly-tip, it may take longer as a special vehicle may be required. 

Residents and businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly or they could face a substantial fine or court action under the Environment Protection Act 1990 Section 33 (1). Householders should be cautious about giving any waste, including their garden or building waste, to cold callers offering a seemingly cheap price to remove it. By law, waste carriers must pay to dispose waste at a waste  transfer station but unauthorised waste carriers may evade these costs by dumping it.

To ensure the business is legitimate, residents are advised to ask to see their waste carriers licence or check online at www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier before handing over any waste. Anyone choosing to use an unauthorised waste carrier risks a fine of up to £5,000 if the waste is dumped and traced back to them. 

Trade waste must be disposed of either through the council's business waste disposal service or a commercial licensed waste carrier. Tradespeople may take their business waste to a waste transfer station and dispose of it themselves but they must be registered as a waste carrier to do so. Businesses wishing to arrange regular trade waste collections should visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews or call 0300 303 8658. 

More information and advice on how to dispose of all types of waste is available at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

Recycling Lives use their commercial operations in recycling and waste management to support and sustain their charity programmes for offender rehabilitation, residential support and food redistribution. 

Further information about Recycling Lives.

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