Merton Council worked alongside Merton police in a joint, planned operation to bring in illegal waste carriers this week.
As part of the three-hour exercise in Mitcham, Leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, joined council and police officers as they pulled over 45 waste carriers. Two did not have a licence so they now face a £300 fixed penalty notice. If they do not produce a licence within two weeks, they could face having their vehicle seized and destroyed.
Waste carriers who don’t have the required paperwork and who are not licensed to carry waste often turn out to be the people who illegally dump rubbish in the street which can cost thousands of pounds for the council to clear.
The operation also resulted in the police seizing three vehicles: one, because the driver was not insured, one because the diver did not have a driving licence and the third, because the driver was disqualified.
Council officers also slammed 15-day notices on eight suspected abandoned vehicles.
Cabinet member for environmental cleanliness and parking Councillor Judy Saunders said: “Working with our partners, the police, means we can track down people who shouldn’t be on the roads and people who are carrying out business illegally. It’s work like this that makes our roads and communities safer. Catching illegal waste carriers is all part of our zero tolerance approach to fly-tipping and we will be doing more of this. Residents should also be aware that they are responsible for checking that any waste carrier they employ should be licenced, as, if they don’t and the waste is found dumped somewhere with evidence of their address, they could be liable. We spend £5 million every year on keeping our streets clean and will not tolerate people who litter and fly-tip in our borough.”