Rotherham Council spearheads the largest seizure of vehicles for fly-tipping in the UK

Published Wednesday, 10th January 2018
First vehicle seized and crushed in relation to fly tipping
Cllr Hoddinott with a vehicle seized and crushed in 2017

A joint operation led by Rotherham Council has seen ten vehicles seized for suspected fly tipping.

At 6:00am on Wednesday 10 January, a joint operation led by Rotherham Council’s Regulation and Enforcement team, supported by Sheffield City Council and South Yorkshire Police, seized ten vehicles which are believed to be involved in fly-tipping. 
 
It is believed that this is the largest single seizure of vehicles for fly-tipping undertaken in the UK since legislation changed allowing councils to take direct action from the end of 2016. 
 
Rotherham Council has previously seized four other vehicles for similar offences, the first of which was crushed and displayed outside council offices to deter others from illegal dumping in the borough. 
 
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety, Cllr Emma Hoddinott, said: “This joint operation is the largest of its kind in the UK, and is an important step in tackling fly-tipping in our area. It’s a blight on our environment and we are determined to use all the powers we can to prosecute those who do it.” 

Chief Superintendent Rob Odell, district commander for Rotherham, added: “We’re happy to support Rotherham Council on operations such as this, to improve the lives of our communities.”
 
Environmental crime currently costs Rotherham £1.7 million a year, including more than £250,000 on removing fly tipping  - and the Council is committed to using all available legislation to catch and prosecute those who put others at risk by illegally disposing of their waste.

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