A multi-agency action day was held in Jaywick Sands to target illegal waste carriers operating in the area.
Tendring District Council (TDC) teamed up with partners including the Environment Agency and Essex Police to carry out stop checks on commercial vehicles passing through the Brooklands and Grasslands area.
Staff from the agencies also went door to door giving information to residents on the warning signs of those dumping waste or dealing in scrap metal without the correct licences, and to collect intelligence about the crime.
Jaywick Sands was chosen for the action day as the area is targeted by fly-tippers and illegal waste carriers, and the event was a follow-up on work carried out by TDC earlier in the year to clear an illegal waste site in Brooklands Gardens.
The action day also ties in with the #CrimeNotToCare campaign run by Love Essex, a partnership of all Essex local authorities, which encourages people to take responsibility for their own waste. This includes making sure anyone who disposes of their rubbish is properly licensed.
Michael Talbot, TDC Cabinet Member for Environment, said those dumping waste illegally needed to get the message that it would not be tolerated.
“Illegal waste carriers and fly-tippers are an absolute blight on our communities, and the council and our partners will always take a robust response against them,” Cllr Talbot said.
“Fly-tipping is bad for the environment, lowers the quality of life for residents, costs taxpayers to clear up and denies legitimate, responsible businesses work.
“I am grateful to the Environment Agency and Essex Police for their support with the day of action.”
Andrew Raine, Environment Manager for Essex at the Environment Agency, said: “Fly-tipping and illegal waste disposal remains a scourge on our society and we are always keen to work with our partners on multi-agency days of action such as this to tackle a serious and costly environmental problem.”
Paul Honeywood, TDC Cabinet Member with special responsibility for Jaywick Sands, said the action day was an example of the council’s effort to work with the community.
“Engagement with residents highlighted this issue as being a high priority to tackle, so I am delighted we were able to hold this event around Jaywick Sands,” Cllr Honeywood said.