Published: Wednesday, 20th February 2019

Three vehicles have been crushed as part of Medway Council’s ongoing work to target offenders and reduce fly-tipping.

Medway Council’s environmental enforcement team works throughout the year responding to reports of fly-tipping. The team investigates each case to try to identify the culprits and removes the unsightly waste from public land.

In 2017/18 it cost the council and taxpayer £4.1million to clear and dispose of fly-tipped waste dumped across Medway. The team responded to more than 3,500 reports of fly-tipping during the year.  

Three vehicles crushed 

The council holds targeted days of action, with Kent Police’s support, to locate and identify offenders of fly-tipping, as well as unlicensed waste carriers. In November 2018, two vehicles linked to fly-tipping offences were seized and one of the vehicles was crushed on Monday, 18 February. The second vehicle is due to be crushed at a later date.

During the most recent operation with the police on 7 February, the team seized four further vehicles; two of which were deemed unroadworthy and consequently crushed on 18 February.

One of the remaining two vehicles was seized in Rainham as the owner of the vehicle was not a registered waste carrier – the owner paid a £300 fine and the vehicle was returned. Further enquiries are being carried out into the last vehicle – the owner has 15 working days to appeal the seizure.

Offenders will be prosecuted

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering enforcement, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our environmental enforcement team, and with the police’s support, more vehicles involved in fly-tipping have been removed from our roads for good. We do not tolerate fly-tipping in Medway and we will take action against anyone found to be involved in this type of illegal activity.

“Fly-tipping is not only unsightly, but it costs the taxpayer thousands of pounds each year. We will continue to thoroughly investigate all incidents and we will prosecute those who are found dumping waste illegally in Medway.

“I would like to thank residents who continue to report incidents to us and would encourage them to keep doing so. Fly-tipping does not just happen in rural areas, offenders also dump waste in more urban areas. We all have a responsibility to help keep Medway clean and tidy.”

Kent Police supports local authorities

Inspector Dave Smith of the Rural Task Force said: ‘This is a large scale issue which blights communities across the county. To effectively tackle this problem it is important we work alongside our colleagues from local authorities to send a message to those illegally disposing of waste their behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘This is not just about someone littering, this is organised criminality that has a negative impact on communities and we are keen to work with local people to continue to stamp out this crime.

‘We would ask anyone having work done at their home to make sure that they check the person taking away their waste is licensed to do so. Police and local authorities are also keen to hear from anyone who has information of those involved in fly-tipping. By working together we can protect the garden of England and the countryside can be enjoyed by the community.’

To report fly-tipping, visit www.medway.gov.uk/flytipping

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