Fly-tip suspect van seized

Fly-tip suspect van seized

Environmental Health Officers from Bassetlaw District Council have seized another vehicle that is suspected of being used to fly-tip waste in the district.

The vehicle was seized in Doncaster with the support of South Yorkshire Police after it had been witnessed collecting household waste from an address in Bassetlaw and then dumped on farmland in Bothamsall.

An investigation into this environmental crime is now taking place and this is the second seizure within the space of six weeks as the Council continues to crack down on illegal fly-tippers.

Councillor Julie Leigh, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods at Bassetlaw District Council said: “We are now taking a tough approach to fly-tippers, including those who do not live in Bassetlaw but think it is acceptable to use our countryside as a dumping ground.”

“Fly-tipping is illegal and there is no excuse for it. As this case shows, fly-tippers are often people who do not want to pay to dispose of their or other people’s waste legally and safely and leave Bassetlaw tax-payers with the costly price of clearing up this waste.

“Vehicle seizures are just one of the tools we have at our disposal and I hope these recent cases of seizing vehicles serve as a warning to anyone who is thinking about fly-tipping waste in our district.”

Last month, a white transit was captured on CCTV in the process of fly-tipping waste. It was also witnessed fly-tipping by one of the Council’s Environmental Health Officers who was on duty in the area. On this occasion, the owner of the van had their vehicle confiscated and they received a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400.

If a vehicle, trailer or mobile plant and their contents are being, have been or will be used to commit a waste crime such as fly-tipping, Bassetlaw District Council can seize a vehicle and its contents under the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 or the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

A vehicle can be seized:

  • if it's used in fly-tipping
  • if it's driven by somebody who is not registered as a waste carrier
  • if it's used to move waste to somebody who is not registered as a waste carrier
  • if it's being used at a site that is breaking the rules of an environmental permit

Last Updated on Friday, December 18, 2020