27 illegal waste sites uncovered by Environment Agency and HMRC sting

Officers visited more than 50 suspected illegal waste sites across the East of England in a single day, finding half were breaking the law

The largest one-day sting ever carried out by the Environment Agency and HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has confirmed illegal activity at more than 2 dozen waste sites across Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire.

Officers found 4 sites where waste had been burnt illegally, a further 4 which were actively and illegally treating and transferring waste, and a number containing construction and demolition waste, vehicle parts and household waste.

Among the rubbish, officers observed shredded plastics, soil, rubble, scrap metal, tyres, pallets – and, at one site, a number of discarded toilets.

Some of the sites contained overflowing skips and more than 5,000 tonnes of waste being stored illegally.

A total of 54 sites were visited by officers; of them, half were found to be operating within the law. Those that weren’t will receive written guidance from the Environment Agency clarifying the steps they must take, and follow-up visits will be arranged to make sure the site operators comply.

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