Preventing fly tipping
Our Environmental Health team have taken part in a joint enforcement operation with Surrey Police (Epsom & Ewell Beat) to disrupt and stop a repeat of the industrial scale fly tipping that occurred last year on a privately owned site within central Epsom.
The joint action, this week, stopped the tipping before it could get fully underway and, although there was some limited tipping, we prevented the enormous scale of tipping that occurred previously.
The tippers left angry and defeated and our Environmental Health team were able to enter the site and collect some names and addresses from the within the fly tipped material - they are now in the initial stages of investigating eight separate lines of enquiry as to the origin of the waste.
It's important to note that the actions being undertaken by the fly tippers are part of organised criminal activity, using illegal commercial enterprise on a vast scale; with many agencies, including various Police forces and the Environment Agency, trying to prevent the activity and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Our Environmental Health team examined the fly tip on the site last year and were able to identify where some of the waste originated. We subsequently prosecuted a number of the businesses, all of which were based in North London. These businesses had paid for unauthorised parties to remove their waste, which was subsequently dumped in Epsom.
Following last year's huge fly tip, the landowner secured the site and had to arrange and pay for the site to be cleared. Access this time was achieved via a differed route (which still involved the movement of concrete barriers). The Police are now working with the Epsom landowner to ensure the land is further secured to prevent a further repetition.