A van suspected of being used in flytipping in Liverpool has been seized in a joint operation with Merseyside Police led by Liverpool City Council.
The white Ford Luton box type vehicle was seized on Lilley Road in Fairfield this morning (Tuesday 4 July) using powers under the Environmental Protection Act.
Councillor Steve Munby, Cabinet member for neighbourhoods, said: “Flytippers are criminals. They blight neighbourhoods and the mess they leave results in distress and nuisance for residents and we will not hesitate to take action where we receive evidence of illegal dumping.”
The seizure is the latest move in a concerted effort by the city council to tackle illegal dumping and find those responsible. It has seen a doubling of the number of staff with four new teams working every day to clear rubbish and find those responsible.
Earlier this year, two serial fly-tippers who were caught dumping tonnes of illegal trade waste, including asbestos, yards from a children’s dance school were jailed and had their vehicle crushed following a surveillance operation by the council and Merseyside Police.
Cllr Munby added: “If you use a ‘man and van service’ to dispose of your waste, you have a duty of care to always make sure that it is somebody who is properly licensed as waste carrier and will responsibly dispose of whatever you give them or you can also be prosecuted. Always ask for a receipt and make a note of the time, date and registration number of their vehicle.
“Liverpool City Council has excellent facilities for residents to dispose of most unwanted household items for free using their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre,or by using the Bulky Bobs service.
“Anybody who has information about fly-tippers should contact Liverpool City Council’s Street Scene Team in confidence on 0151 233 3001, and you don’t have to give your name or contact details.”
A report to Cabinet this Friday, 7 July, is recommending the setting up of an environmental crime hotline for people to report issues and the possibility of a financial reward if their information leads to a prosecution, as well as action against late night takeaways that don’t clear litter from around their premises.
Street-cleaning currently costs Liverpool council tax payers £8.5 million per year and last year more than 6,500 tonnes of waste was collected from street cleansing rounds.