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Vehicles stopped in Lichfield as part of fly-tipping crackdown

Fly-tippers are being targeted as part of a new crack down by Lichfield District Council and Staffordshire Police.

A stop-and-search blitz is being carried out this month and will see officials from Environmental Health and Operational Services travelling with a police unit to pull over any vehicles which could be dumped illegally.

Four vehicles were stopped as part of the campaign’s first day on March 5 four vehicles were stopped and inspecting using new Control of Pollution powers.

Three of the vehicles stopped were carrying waste and one driver did not have the correct documentation. As a result he was issued a legal notice instructing him to send his paperwork to the council within seven working days. Failure to do so will result in either a £300 fixed penalty notice or legal proceedings.

Councillor Ben Adams, Cabinet Member for community, housing and health, said:

“Last year we had more than 600 incidences of fly-tipping. We need to find these anti-social people who think it’s acceptable for other people to pay to clear away the rubbish they are responsible for. We hope this campaign makes these people think twice about dumping rubbish illegally.”

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  1. Phil

    23rd March, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    Any details about the guy who was issued a notice? I’d be interested in what paperwork is needed for what waste, otherwise how do we know we’re not heading for a fine for taking our junk in the car?

  2. Sammy J

    23rd March, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    think I should have made that a little clearer, it’s if you’re carrying industrial levels of waste I believe where you need proof that you’re going to a registered tip and have a waste carrier’s licence.

  3. Phil

    23rd March, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    That’s okay then :) I figured it’d be something like that but wanted to clarify!

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