Waste sites in Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, and East London last week with the British Transport Police (BTP), Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire Police, Waste Crime Joint Force (JUWC), and Open Reach. I received a surprisingly early visit from a cooperating staff member of the Environment Agency. ..
Unpublished inspections were part of a wider range of BTP operations targeting the increasing number of cabling and catalytic converter thefts in the southeast this year.
Executives from the Environment Agency’s Hertfordshire and North London Regional Offices have joined Brentwood, Habering, Iver, Luton, St Albans and Watford as part of a multi-agency weekly action targeting the metal and vehicle recycling business. I visited 33 sites in.
They found nine sites operating illegally, found several catalytic converters in place, and one site suspected of modern slavery. Meanwhile, advice and guidance were given to 11 drivers of 21 garbage trucks that were inspected while the car was stopped.
The intelligence-led visit was part of a BTP operation targeting the increasing cable wiring and vehicle catalytic converter theft in the southeastern part of the year.
BTP officers searched the site for stolen catalytic converters for stolen metals, especially the precious metals contained in them. The surge in value of these metals has prompted a significant increase in theft. Officers also identified stolen equipment and checked the waste company’s financial records to ensure compliance with the 2013 Waste Metals Dealer Act.
Alex Chown, Environmental Manager of the Environment Agency, said:
This should serve as a warning to those who ignore the law that we and our partners are eradicating waste crime, and we do not hesitate to take action.
Malicious scrap metal sites are accepting stolen catalytic converters and cables, further facilitating theft in the southeast.
Joint investigation and enforcement will continue, and if convicted, the responsible person may face significant fines and even imprisonment.
Phil Davies, a joint unit of waste crime managers, said:
This week’s action is another example of how JUWC, along with other partners and institutions, is targeting criminals who abuse the waste industry to harm the environment. Leverage institution-wide skills and expertise, we will continue to identify further opportunities to impact waste crime.
If you suspect illegal waste activity, you will be informed to call 0800 80 70 60 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers at 0800 555 111 to report to the 24-hour hotline.
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Please refer to British Transport Police press release for more information on this week’s activities..
The· Joint unit for waste crime It was launched in 2020 by the Environment Agency and partners. It brings together environmental regulators and law enforcement agencies to tackle serious and organized waste crime. It is estimated that the UK economy will cost at least £ 600 million annually. It also causes great harm to the environment, communities and businesses.
Everyone involved in the test confirmed that they were using the correct PPE and complying with the rules of social distance to ensure that everyone involved was safe.