Landowners ‘sitting targets’ for organised waste crime gangs, warns EA

The Environment Agency (EA) is warning landowners in south-east England to be vigilant after investigations revealed that ‘baled waste crime’ is on the increase in the area.

The agency said the number of incidents of large scale dumping of baled waste on privately-owned sites across Kent, Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire since 2017 have been rising.

The waste is often plastic, building, commercial or household rubbish that cannot be recycled and which has no monetary value. The waste is compressed into a block or ‘bale’ and concealed by plastic strapping, according to the agency.

The deposit sites include leased and rental properties where the criminals provide false details to secure warehouse space, barns or open land on industrial estates, farms or private property - with articulated trailers on public roads or car parks being targeted as well.

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