The Environment Agency swoops on waste criminals in East London

In late march the Environment Agency carried out a large scale operation to tackle waste crime in east London. Working with officers from the local authorities the object of the investigation was to gather intelligence on illegal activities across a number of east London Boroughs.

The efforts were focused on the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets, WalthamForest, Hackney and Newham, all of which suffer from a long history of waste problems.

The EA set up mobile road checks throughout Barking and Dagenham, Tower Hamlets and Enfield where more than 60 waste vehicles were stopped – officers found that 13 did not have a required waste carriers license and were subsequently given seven days to produce the correct paperwork to avoid prosecution. Through this process the organisation also discovered 14 waste sites operating illegally – including two involved in the illegal export of electrical waste and the mishandling of hazardous waste.


On a national level:

The Environment Agency has identified approximately 650 illegal waste sites in England and Wales – more than 300 of these sites are within 50 metres of schools, homes or sensitive environmental sites.

Operation Ammolite follows a sustained crackdown by the Environment Agency on serious, organised waste crime. Illegal waste sites and their operators blight communities and cause untold damage to the environment. More operations like this are planned to ensure that problem sites continue to be uncovered and the pressure is kept on those who try to dodge the costs incurred to treat waste properly.

On a local level:

Jon Cruddas has already been on the case throughout Dagenham & Rainham. Recently with the help of Cllr Mick McCarthy, the Cabinet Member for Environment and the River ward councillors; Jon has aided in the clearing of many illegal fly-tipping sites in the local area. With increasing complaints about fly-tipping it is encouraging to see that Dagenham is finally getting some support to combat excess and illegal waste on the streets.

The Environment Agency has announced a 90-strong specialist taskforce to blitz serious, organised waste crime and fly-tipping over the next two years. This is good news for Dagenham and Rainham as it will see the rising waste problem tackled head on.


To report your concerns regarding illegal waste activity please call The Environment Agency’s incident helpline on: 0800 80 70 60 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on: 0800 555 111


To talk about any local issues or concerns regarding waste management or fly-tipping call Jon’s office on: 020 8984 7854 or you can contact Jon via email on: