A recent press release from the Environment Agency warns landowners to be particularly careful after a significant illegal waste site was identified as residing on private land. The site contained more than 600 bales of general household waste that had been dumped on the premies of a former foundry in Tow Law, County Durham.
The discovery was made on the 10th February and is the latest in a recent spate of illegal waste dumping across the region. The Environment Agency currently have 3 ongoing investigations relating to 8 sites where baled material has been dumped illegally in the last 6 months.
The Environment Agency will look to take action against all parties responsible for the illegal activities.
Dave Edwardson, Enforcement Team Leader at the Environment Agency in the North East, said:
"Landowners can be vulnerable. Waste dumped in vacant buildings or land may leave landowners with the responsibility and costs of disposing of the waste, which can be considerable."
"We’re determined to tackle waste crime such as this; waste that isn’t managed properly can impact on communities, the environment and legitimate businesses and won’t be tolerated. I’d urge all landowners, farmers and property agents to be vigilant and report any concerns or anything suspicious to us straight away."
"Waste producers and road hauliers must ensure they adhere to their Duty of Care when they are managing waste. They can contact the Environment Agency if they need any advice or information."