As part of partnership work to crackdown on fly-tipping, Dover District Council teamed up with Kent Police’s Rural Task Force on Tuesday for a day of action to stop vehicles and check licences and paperwork of commercial waste carriers.
The initial outcomes of the day were:
- 16 vehicles stopped
- 4 notices issued by enforcement officers.
DDC’s Environmental Crime team continues to investigate fly-tipping and waste crime and take enforcement action where appropriate.
Cllr Nicholas Kenton, DDC Cabinet Member for Planning and Regulatory Services said: “This operation is a great example of the proactive work we conduct with our partners to tackle fly-tipping and the impact it has on our communities. We continue to work with our partners to combat this key issue and would encourage members of the public to continue to report fly-tipping to our Environmental Crime team.”
Inspector Dave Smith, of Kent Police’s Tactical Operations Command, said: “Kent Police takes rural crime very seriously and has a dedicated Rural Task Force which focuses solely on tackling those that do our rural communities harm. Working with partners in such operations reinforces our strong relationship with rural communities and helps us build up our intelligence picture so officers can continue proactive enforcement and seek the prosecution of offenders of rural crime.”
More and more of these days of actions are taking place across the county. A tremendous amount of preparation takes place ahead of these days, including the gathering of vital intelligence to support councils’ enforcement teams with their duties.
Fly-tippers often target households via social media or cold-calling, luring customers in with cheap rates to dispose of unwanted furniture, building rubble or garden waste. However, these unlicensed waste carriers often simply dump the waste wherever they can, including Kent’s country lanes. Householders or small businesses found to be using criminals to dispose of their waste can and are being prosecuted by local authorities in Kent.
To prevent this, householders should check whether someone is licensed to carry waste by visiting the Environment Agency website or calling 03708 506506. It also helps if householders receive a written receipt or transfer note, including contact details, description of waste removed and details of where the waste is being taken to.
Kent councils, along with Kent Police, are working in partnership to Keep Kent Clean. To keep updated with councils’ work to tackle fly-tipping and littering, follow #KeepKentClean.