A fly-tipper who had been caught dumping litter and rubbish in the borough has had his van crushed by Rotherham Council. The individual used the van to transport rubbish that he had collected and then dumped it in fields and country lanes. The council has said that it is the first time they have taken such enforcement action against a fly-tipper and their vehicle.
Rotherham Labour’s Councillor Emma Hoddinott, Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety at Rotherham MBC, has said:
“Fly tipping costs the council over £1million a year to clean up, so where there is evidence that a vehicle has been involved in such crimes we will use all the powers available to us.
Members of the public should always ensure that anyone they ask to help remove rubbish from their property has a valid waste carrier’s licence, and ask to see the licence number.”
Local authorities can exercise powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to seize a vehicle if they believe it is being used to carry out fly-tipping offences. Rotherham Council used these powers to capture the fly-tipper’s van which was then crushed after the courts found the individual guilty of the offences.
You can read more information about the powers a council can use for vehicle seizures and waste crimes here.