SEPA clamps down on illegal waste haulage


The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has launched a clampdown on illegal waste haulage and disposal, which involves the police and the other three UK environmental agencies.

Its £3.8m Life Smart project, will use road stops and site visits to inform hauliers of their responsibilities surrounding waste disposal. The initiative is also supported by the DVSA, Office of the Traffic Commissioner for Scotland, the FTA, HMRC and insurers.

According to the SEPA, waste crime costs the UK economy approximately £600m a year and includes illegal transport and dumping of waste in Scotland by hauliers from England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Road stops have already taken place on vehicles from ferries travelling from Northern Ireland to clamp down on metal theft.

Sentence increased for illegal dumping

An operator already serving time in prison has had his sentence increased after a truck he owns dumped piles of waste outside business sites five times in one month illegally.