SYDENHAM FLY-TIPPING TRUCK CRUSHED / CROYDON CLAMPDOWN SEES VEHICLE SEIZED

A vehicle involved in fly-tipping incidents in Sydenham 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.

A council spokesman told News From Crystal Palace: “The vehicle was actually seized in Kangley Bridge Road, which is also where fly-tipping had occurred, hence the CCTV.

“Our enforcement officers, with the police, were at the scene, investigating/assessing the flytip, when they saw this vehicle and with the police, the driver was questioned.”

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, said a council statement.

Despite advertising the seizure, as the official keeper failed to reclaim the vehicle the council’s contractor – Recycling Lives – disposed of it.

Cllr Kate Lymer, Bromley’s executive councillor for public protection and enforcement said: “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 fly-tipping menace.

“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 .”

IN CROYDON the council, police and other enforcement agencies joined forces for a day of intensive action in a borough-wide crackdown on environmental crime as part of the Don’t Mess With Croydon campaign.

Council staff, supported by other partners, inspected vehicles carrying waste to ensure they had the necessary permits and permissions to transport refuse commercially.

The joint operation saw council and Metropolitan Police officers patrols around the borough with dedicated sites for vehicle testing.

The operation saw high-visibility patrols carried out across the entire borough as well as:

80 vehicle inspections on the Purley Way saw one vehicle seized, one stopped from driving away and four served with notices for improvements before they could drive away.

As part of the eight-hour operation vehicles thought to be carrying commercial waste were pulled over and inspected for insurance, waste carrying permits and other documentation to ensure they were operating legally. This is the second operation Croydon council have organised after a smaller event last year.

Cllr Stuart Collins, Croydon council’s deputy leader whose responsibilities include the Clean Green Croydon campaign, said: “We are working together to catch criminals and prevent them from offending throughout the year, but high-visibility co-ordinated actions like these are invaluable in raising the profile of the work we do.”

You can use the council’s Don’t Mess With Croydon app, available on the App Store and Google Play Store to report common environmental concerns including fly-tipping, abandoned vehicles and dog fouling.

IN BROMLEY: Witnesses to fly-tipping or other enviro-crimes should report them to the police and pass the information to the council at http://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.

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-carrierbefore 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. (Sources: Bromley council press release / Croydon council press release )

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