Van seized in fly tipping probe
A VAN suspected of being used in
fly tipping in Liverpool has been seized in a joint operation with Merseyside
Police led by Liverpool City Council.
The white Ford Luton box type vehicle was seized, on Lilley Road, Fairfield, on Tuesday, 4 July
2017, using powers under the Environmental Protection Act.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said:-
"Fly tippers are criminals. They blight neighbourhoods and the mess they leave
results in distress and nuisance for residents and we will not hesitate to take
action where we receive evidence of illegal dumping."
The seizure is the latest move in a concerted effort by the City Council to
tackle illegal dumping and find those responsible. It has seen a doubling of the
number of staff with four new teams working every day to clear rubbish and find
those responsible. Earlier in 2017, 2 serial fly tippers who were caught dumping tonnes of
illegal trade waste, including asbestos, yards from a children's dance school
were jailed and had their vehicle crushed following a surveillance operation by
the Council and Merseyside Police.
Cllr Munby added:- "If you use a 'man and van service' to dispose
of your waste, you have a duty of care to always make sure that it is somebody
who is properly licensed as waste carrier and will responsibly dispose of
whatever you give them or you can also be prosecuted. Always ask for a receipt
and make a note of the time, date and registration number of their vehicle.
Liverpool City Council has excellent facilities for residents to dispose of most
unwanted household items for free using their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre, or by using the Bulky Bobs service.
Anybody who has information about fly tippers should contact Liverpool City
Council's Street Scene Team in confidence on:- 0151 233 3001, and you don't have
to give your name or contact details."
A report to Cabinet was presented on Friday, 7 July 2017. Within the
report, it recommends the setting up of an
environmental crime hotline for people to report issues and the possibility of a
financial reward if their information leads to a prosecution, as well as action
against late night takeaways that don't clear litter from around their premises.
Street cleaning currently costs Liverpool Council Tax, that payers ₤8.5 million per
year and in 2016 more than 6,500 tonnes of waste was collected from street