Vehicles stopped in fly-tipping crackdown

Lorry being stopped during Operation Tip Stop

Last week (Monday 18 February) we joined forces with officers from the police's Safer Neighbourhood Team to deliver our first Operation Tip Stop.

As part of a major crackdown on fly-tipping, officers took part in roadside checks of suspect vehicles in Maylands Avenue, Hemel Hempstead, to ensure that waste was being carried lawfully and that correct documentation was being kept.

During the two-hour period, officers stopped and checked 26 vehicles to see if they were carrying waste and were licensed to do so.

Four drivers were given limited time to produce the correct documents in line with waste carrying regulations. One licence was inspected at the roadside to ensure it was current and correct.

We've been working closely with the police to help crack down on unlicensed waste carriers, reduce the amount of fly-tipping in the borough and to inform residents that if they pay an unlicensed carrier to remove their waste and it is fly-tipped, they will be held legally responsible and liable for prosecution.

The information and intelligence gathered will be shared with the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group, which works with local authorities across the county. The group is a multi-agency taskforce that aims to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping.

Cllr Neil Harden, Portfolio Holder for Community and Regulatory Services, said: "Operation Tip Stop sends out a clear message that we will take action against those who dispose of waste illegally and damage the environment."

To find out if a waste carrier has a licence to remove and safely dispose of waste, please visit the Environment Agency's website.

To report illegally dumped items, go to our fly-tipping page.

For more detailed information, including advice for private landowners and businesses, visit Hertfordshire Waste Partnership's WasteAware website.