Partnership clamps down on rogue traders
Published by Laura Beckett for Halton Housing Trust in Housing and also in Communities, Environment, Local Government
Rogue waste carriers in Halton were subject to an undercover operation during June to stamp out fly tipping.
Halton Borough Council, Cheshire Police and Halton Housing Trust worked together to ensure waste collectors were authorised with the Environment Agency to transfer waste and local residents were not being ripped off.
The Trust offered a vacant flat in Halebank for the Environment team to set up and invite carriers to remove items. Cheshire Police were involved in stopping the vehicles following the collection to check their documentation.
A fully laden vehicle was stopped on Hough Green Road, Widnes by Cheshire Police and the driver and passenger were interviewed by Council Officers with regards to registration of carrier details. The owner was unable to provide sufficient information to Officers to clarify events. Following additional Police checks the vehicle was seized and impounded with the owner having to make arrangements to get home.
Cllr Ron Hignett, Executive Board member for the Physical Environment said, “Most residents will not be aware of the consequences of paying an unauthorised waste carrier to remove rubbish or unwanted items for them. We want to highlight to residents their responsibilities for checking that individuals removing waste on their behalf are authorised to do so. This will help ensure that all waste is properly disposed of and also help ensure that residents are not guilty of committing an offence.”
Simon Walker, Environmental Quality and Improvement Principal Officer, HBC said: “Companies and individuals advertise to remove waste from householders for a charge. However, such waste collectors are often not authorised and they carry and dispose of waste illegally. The operation was undertaken to tackle such waste collectors and help prevent fly-tipping. We are pleased with the results of this operation. It showed that most waste carriers were authorised and also that we are successful in tackling those that are not.”
The majority of waste collectors provided evidence and a receipt of their authorisation to transfer controlled waste as in accordance with the Householders Responsibility and duty of care. Residents who do not ensure that businesses are registered, or keep a receipt and transfer note of the removed waste could be liable to a fine up to £5,000 at court.
Charlie Woska, Assistant Area Manager at the Trust said: “Both the Trust and the Council spend money to collect items that have been illegally tipped. It makes sense for us to support the operation and we will continue to work together to combat it.”
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