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Environmental Crime Partnership - Annual Report 2021

Montage of photos showing cars and a van on the back of a recovery truck. A huge quantity of fly-tipped rubbish on the edge of a field.

 

The partnership's key achievements include:

Information sharing agreement:

An information sharing agreement (ISA) has been created to assist in sharing information and intelligence relating to fly tipping and environmental crime amongst partners. This will enable the partnership to meet it's aims and objectives.

The ISA, which has been signed by partners, defines the arrangements for sharing of information between member organisations. This is the first such ISA in England for waste crime between local authorities, the EA, police and other agencies.

 

Environmental crime officers working group:

The creation of an environmental crime officers working group allows local practitioners from across the county to come together to share experiences and influence strategy by reporting into the Environmental Crime Partnership.

 

Agreed definitions:

The partnership have agreed a county-wide fly tipping and hot spot definition to support joint-working between partners and consistency of their approach.

  • Flytipping - the illegal deposit of any waste on to land that does not have a license to accept it.
  • Hotspot - A hot spot location should be an area where 3 or more incidents of fly tipping have occurred at the same location within a one month period. (Location is any specific geographical area determined by the Council for that area.)

 

Successful convictions:

New training on fly tipping legislation has been delivered to environmental crime practitioners across the county with Lincolnshire Legal.

 

Operation Cyber Guardian:

The partnership has supported Operation Cyber Guardian, removing illegal waste service advertising on social media.

 

Operation Asgard:

The introduction of Operation Asgard with Lincolnshire Police will see the seizure of offenders' vehicles for forfeiture or destruction.

 

Campaign for tougher legal action on fly-tippers:

The partnership have contributed to the campaign lobbying central Government for tougher legal action on fly-tippers.

Currently, sentences handed down do not always match the severity of the offence committed or fairly reflect the costs incurred by the public purse. This means that punishment for the offence of fly-tipping does not act as a suitable deterrent.

The partnership, alongside Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and other local authorities and professional bodies, have called upon the Sentencing Council to consider tougher fines and sentences for fly-tipping offences.

 

Operation Clean Sweep:

Intelligence led and targeted days of action were coordinated between partners and other key agencies (DVSA, HMRC) to disrupt and intervene against waste crime. Operation Clean Sweep resulted in multiple vehicle seizures, prohibition notices and preventing large quantities of waste from being illegally deposited.

 

Let's SCRAP fly-tipping campaign:

The Let's SCRAP fly-tipping campaign was launched across Lincolnshire at the beginning of 2020.

The joined-up campaign aims to fight the blight of fly-tipping in the county and cut clear up cost by reminding people of the SCRAP code:

  • Suspect ALL waste carriers
  • Check that the provider taking your waste away is licensed
  • Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
  • Ask what will happen to your waste
  • Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt

SCRAP is based on an award-winning and successful campaign developed by the Hertfordshire Waste Partnership and its partner authorities.

 

Projects and future ambitions:

  • Continue to introduce a county-wide communications plan, to support consistent environmental crime prevention messages.
  • Extend the use of the vulnerable land panel, where our partners work together at identified locations, to proactively prevent environmental crime.
  • Build on the early success of the vehicle seizure. and storage initiative and introduce it in all local authority areas.
  • Support the phased promotion of a waste carrier’s website ‘Widget’ to enable the public and businesses to easily identify licensed waste carriers.
  • Find new ways to improve data capture regarding fly tipping across Lincolnshire.
  • Continue to maintain an open invitation to other groups and stakeholders who may be able to contribute towards the aim of the ECP in protecting Lincolnshire’s environment.
  • Establish a defined ECP social media presence, to increase ease of reporting, intelligence gathering and influence public awareness and behaviour.