Joint council and police operation to crack down on potential fly-tippers in Redbridge

Redbridge Council joined forces with the Metropolitan Police Service recently to run an operation targeting vehicles transporting waste in a bid to weed out potential fly-tippers.

Under the joint operation commercial vehicles carrying waste were stopped to identify rogue waste removal services transporting waste in Redbridge without the relevant waste carrier licences and associated documentation. Police were also looking for vehicles linked to other crimes like burglaries, and stolen motor vehicles.

The joint operation comes as several fly-tips in Redbridge were found to be dumped by illegally operating waste removal services. Instead of legally and responsibly disposing of the waste they had been hired to remove, the rogue operators ended up dumping it on the borough’s streets instead.

During the three-hour operation, in Seven Kings, Redbridge Neighbourhood Enforcement officers made checks on commercial vehicles commonly used for transporting waste.

Several drivers failed to produce a valid waste carriers licence leading to a total of £3000 in fines being issued on the day.

Redbridge Cabinet Member for Enforcement and Community Safety, Cllr Khayer Chowdhury, said: “Local people deserve to live in clean and tidy neighbourhoods. We want to send a message, loud and clear, that illegally operating waste removal services will not be tolerated in our borough. We won’t hesitate to use the full weight of the law against those engaging in irresponsible and illegal waste disposal practises in Redbridge.”

Local householders are also being reminded not to fall foul of the law by taking steps to ensure anyone hired to remove waste from their property, including building waste, is authorised to do so with the correct Waste Carriers Licence.

Failure to do so could lead to a £600 fine if your waste is discovered fly-tipped and you cannot provide evidence of who you gave it to for removal or neglected to check if they had a valid Waste Carriers Licence.

The council offers a Bulky Waste Collection Service entitling residents to a free collection every 12 months (maximum of 3 items).

For more details, including costs for additional collections go to: www.redbridge.gov.uk/bins-waste-and-recycling/book-a-bulky-waste-or-large-item-collection/