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Fly-tipping crackdown

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Tuesday 26 June

Joint operation targets suspected fly-tippers

A crackdown on illegal waste carriers saw Swale Borough Council issue three on the spot fines of £300, and a flatbed vehicle carrying waste being seized by the police.

Officers from the council teamed up with the local police, Kent Resource Partnership, Kent County Council and the National Farmers Union as part of a county-wide crackdown on fly-tipping last week.

Suspected fly tippers were targeted in this partnership operation. Automatic number plate readers were used to locate some of these vehicles alongside police patrols that were out and about spotting vehicles carrying waste.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said:

"This operation was a great success, and hopefully sends a signal to would-be fly-tippers that we’re working hand in hand with our partners to stop them profiting from blighting our borough.

"We have the power to issue on the spot fines to carriers who don’t have the right waste transfer papers, and the police can and will seize vehicles if necessary.

"As well as taking action to catch those who fly-tip, we are urging people who need to get rid of waste to do their part. Anyone who takes away waste must have a licence. Simply ask to see it, and if they can’t show one, find someone who does. If you don’t, and the waste is found dumped, you could be prosecuted.

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

There's more information about how to make sure your waste isn't dumped, and out work to tackle fly-tipping, on our fly-tipping page.

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