Exercise in Wells to tackle waste crime

November 24 2021
Exercise in Wells to tackle waste crime

A STOP-AND-SEARCH exercise has been carried out in Wells as part of a crackdown on environmental crime in the district.

In a joint operation between Mendip District Council officers and Avon and Somerset Police, the authorities inspected 28 vehicles of interest on Strawberry Way. A quarter of those stopped could not present a valid Waste Carriers Licence, as issued by the Environment Agency.

Mendip officers and the police reported that the majority of vehicle owners were compliant with legislation requirements, but some businesses will now be subject to follow-up action and further enquiries. They could face a potential £300 Fixed-Penalty-Notice.

Illegal waste activities are dangerous and polluting. They cost the taxpayer millions each year in clean-up costs and have a detrimental impact on local communities, the environment and wildlife.

Educating householders and commercial businesses to understand the ‘legal duty of care’ they have regarding the waste they produce is a priority for the council, as are the enforcement exercises with its partners that help ensure the right waste goes to the right place.

The Wells ‘sting’ follows similar stop-and-search exercises in Frome last month. In one operation at Oldford Hill, one fifth of the transporters inspected were unable to furnish the correct documentation. Two of the vehicles stopped originated from the London and Brighton areas.

Councillor Heather Shearer, Portfolio Holder for Community Health at Mendip District Council, said:  “I applaud the joint working of Mendip officers, the police and our partners in their continued efforts to manage the menace of fly-tipping which blights our communities.Residents will be reassured to see agencies working together so effectively to ensure compliance with environmental legislation.

“I understand further operations are imminent.”

Mendip District Council asks that people who spot a fly-tipping incident report it as soon as possible by calling 0300 303 8588 or going to its website: Fly Tipping