Environment Agency cracks down on illegal waste movements

Dozens of lorries and vans in the Watford area were stopped by police and crime officers in a roadside crackdown of illegal waste. Any vehicle moving waste was checked using authorised sites where it would be handled properly.

The Environment Agency said 82 HGVs and vans were stopped on the A41 at Bushey and checked for compliance by police, DVSA and HMRC officers.

The owners of two vehicles are to be investigated by the agency and a further 18 drivers were given advice and guidance about how to transport waste within the law. The remaining 15 waste vehicles stopped had the relevant registration.

EA waste officer Hannah Wooldridge said: “Working with partners such as the police helps us run roadside operations, and the ability to share intelligence around non-compliant waste carriers.

“The EA wants to ensure businesses carrying waste have the proper authorisations to allow them to transport and transfer rubbish – a waste carrier’s registration from the EA and waste transfer not from the waste producer.”

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Worker's leg crushed by refuse collection vehicle

Pendle Borough Council has been fined £40,000 after a worker’s leg was crushed by a refuse collection vehicle (RCV).

Burnley Magistrates’ Court heard how labourer Dominic Allen was struck by the RCV whilst at work in Nelson, Lancashire on 30 October 2015. Allen suffered severe crush injuries which resulted in surgery to remove his lower right leg.

A Health and Safety Executive investigation found the council had neglected to properly identify hazards posed by refuse collection operations and, consequently, had failed to devise safe working methods and provide the necessary information and training.

The council pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work act and was also told to pay costs of £14,000.

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