Stoke-on-Trent Residents Urged To Be On The Lookout For Rogue Fly Tippers

Stoke-on-Trent City Council’s Environmental Crime Unit (ECU) is warning people against using unregistered waste collectors – as it could cost them up to £5000.

The warning comes as Christmas packaging and waste builds up over the festive period – but getting rid of that waste can have serious consequences for both the environment and the people involved.

The ECU is investigating reports that people are offering to remove waste for people all over the city, and then illegally fly tip that material in other parts of Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. If that material is found with details of people who gave it to the fly tippers though, it is that person who can face a hefty fine.

Now the team is asking for the public’s help in identifying the rogue fly tippers, and also refusing to use an unregistered service.

“These people may look professional, but in reality they are making money through collecting people’s rubbish then dumping it wherever they feel like.

“Unless the team catches them in the act, the trail can only lead back to the person who paid them – and it’s that person who could face the fine.

“Waste collections have still been in operation over Christmas, and the bulky waste collection is available to people via Stoke On Call on 01782 234234.

“It’s better for people to use that than run the risk of being tracked down by the Environmental Crime Unit, who would have no choice other than to issue them with the fine, rather than the people who have dumped it.”

The Environmental Crime Unit with be in contact with surrounding authorities, to work with them to resolve these cases and any evidence they may have that link to these rogue waste companies.

People can tell if a private waste company is legitimate by checking the Environment Agency’s website. All of these companies should have a waste carrier licence card and a waste carrier licence number.

“You should always ask these companies if they have a waste carrier licence card, or at least a registered number, and you should always get some kind of receipt to show who the people are that have collected your waste.

“You are responsible for the waste if it is illegally disposed of unless you can show you took all reasonable steps to prevent the offence from happening.”

People can search for a private waste collection company on the Environment Agency website here: http://www2.environment-agency.gov.uk/epr/search.asp?id=EP8&&type=register

People can search by postcode, town, company name and the waste carrier license number.

People can also call the general enquiry desk on 08708 506 506 (Mon-Fri, 8am – 6pm) or urgent enquiries can be addressed to the hotline number on 0800 807060 (Freephone, 24 hour service).

Rave On Against Proposed Power Station

By Pits n Pots Reporter

HUNDREDS of people are expected to take part in a silent rave organised over the internet to support a protest against a £400 million power station.
Around 300 people are signed up to the Stoke-on-Trent’s Very Own Flash Mob group which plans to stage an event outside the Potteries Shopping Centre on Saturday. Â Ã‚  Organisers hope to repeat the success of a similar event held during the summer which saw around 100 simultaneously lie down in the city centre for two minutes.
The event will involve the group of people turning up in Hanley and then dancing silently for two minutes from the strike of 2pm.
Sharon Crawford, aged 21, from Newcastle, set up the Facebook group for people to get involved.  She said: “People were talking about the lying down event everywhere during the summer, and I think that events like these are good if charities want to get involved to raise money or awareness for a cause. I think the power station being built will destroy the beauty of the Staffordshire Moorlands.”

Darren Tranter, chairman of Villagers Voice Staffordshire Moorlands, a group set up to fight the plans for the £400 million power station in Cresswell, said: “Our fight to put an immediate stop to this proposed development is continuing at a pace.  We are determined to utilise every possible avenue to get our message across.  We are absolutely delighted that Sharon and the facemobbers have decided to support our campaign.”

Meanwhile, MP Bill Cash has now raised fears about the effect on wildlife and that the proposed station could lie on contaminated land. Â Ã‚  Mr Cash said: “The Environment Agency has said that the issues of contaminated land, bio-diversity and wildlife concerns, which I had raised earlier, should be addressed in an Environment Impact Assessment.”
In a letter to Mr Cash, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council chief executive Simon Baker states:  “The view of the council’s planning officers is that the scheme cannot be supported because of the visual impact.”

The planning application will be determined by the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

To find out more about the proposal or to sign a petition to oppose the development go to www.vvsm.co.uk

Poisonous water in The Trent

Comment by Warren

The Environment Agency has been on the riverside of the Trent overnight to monitor and lower the levels of cyanide and sewage. The 30 mile bank-side from Stoke-on-Trent to Yoxall is being worked on and is no under investigation into how this pollution came to be.

Oxygen as been pumped into the river after an incident left thousands of fish dead. Thankfully there have been no reports of any human or domestic animals’ deaths. The Agency do wish to prosecute the person or person responsible at the end of the investigation.

A warning has been issued telling people not to enter the river between Stoke and Yoxhall or let their animals enter or drink the water from it. In another statement this morning the agency said that levels had dropped in the night and further dilution was expected today with overnight rain water entering the Trent from the River Tame. They ask that boaters, anglers, farmers, dog walkers and other members of the public stay away from the affected stretch as a precaution.

The Agency has not put a timeframe on the work but hopes for a “Ëœswift resolution’.

The RSPCA ask the public not to go near any animal in distress, report it to them. There advice line is 0300 1234 999.

Worryingly, Severn Trent Water was up in court only last month after the Environment Agency proved they allowed pollution to enter the Trent. They where fined £6,700 with £2,800 costs, hardly enough to make an impact on such a multi-million pound company.