Crackdown on illegal dumping of waste in West Sussex and Hampshire

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THE Environment Agency is cracking down on illegal waste activities in West Sussex and Hampshire.

The plan is to reduce the number of dumping sites by half by 2015.

Teaming up with local authorities, police and Trading Standards, the Environment Agency targeted 10 illegal waste sites in the area.

Officers ensured operators had the correct permits and permission to carry out their work.

A vehicle stop-and-check was carried out on the A27 between Havant and Chichester to make sure vehicles had the correct documents.

Ian Walton, from the agency, said: ‘Waste crime puts people and the environment at risk and undermines legitimate business. We do take tough action to deal with criminal behaviour but everyone has a role to play in tackling the problem. Our role is to ensure waste operators are being good neighbours and their activities do not pose a risk to human health or the environment.’

To report waste crime call 0800 807060.