Crowland illegal waste site is the 'size of a football pitch', says Environment Agency
Environmental enforcement officers are working to shut down an illegal waste site in Crowland described as "the size of a football pitch".
Piles of illegally dumped waste, including construction and demolition materials, metals, plastics and garden waste, were found at The Streddars site, off Hundreds Road, on Thursday.
A team from the Environment Agency who inspected the site are warning waste carriers and traders not to drop off any rubbish there as a criminal investigation is under way to find out how the site is linked to illegal waste activities.
Yvonne Daly, environment manager at the Environment Agency, said: "It is clear that this site has been used by rogue traders to illegally deposit waste.
"Activities like this have the potential to harm the environment, blight communities and undermine legitimate businesses that do follow the rules.
"Our role is to protect the environment for people and wildlife, so we won’t hesitate to take action against those who put it at risk.
"To businesses flouting the rules our message is clear: you won’t get away with it."
The site is being investigated on suspicion of operating without the legally required waste exemptions or environmental permits.
In the meantime, the Environment Agency reminds people that they have a legal duty to ensure they are giving their waste to registered carriers only and that it is taken to authorised sites for treatment or disposal.
You can check if a waste business is genuine by contacting the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506, email firstname.lastname@example.org (Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm) or check online at www.gov.uk/ea
If you suspect criminal waste activity, you can report it to the Environment Agency’s 24-hour incident hotline on 0800 80 70 60.