waste disposal

Notices have been given to a number of businesses across Berkshire to abide to the law regarding waste disposal.

10 illegal waste sites were identified by environment agents on the day and 117 business sites were inspected in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire in the operation.

The warnings have come after the Government’s Environment Agency carried out a number of unannounced waste disposal checks on Tuesday, October 3.

Environmental agents visited 63 Berkshire sites as part of their operation. These included:

33 sites in Bracknell.

13 sites in Reading.

6 sites in Wokingham.

Bracknell will now receive multiple follow up visits due to the recent incidents of pollution in the area.

Guidance and advice has been given to business sites to ensure that they are knowledgeable on how to meet the legal requirements.

Businesses are legally required to dispose of their waste without any threat to the environment. Including not releasing anything other than waste water into the drainage network.

The inspections by the environment officers on the day covered the removal of hazardous items, like chemicals and car batteries.

Thames Water helped out with the pollution checks during the operation.

Companies were also checked for having the correct environmental permit for their business.

Mark Tucker, installations team leader for the Environment Agency in the Thames Valley, said: “The Environment Agency works with business to make sure waste ends up in the right place, and may take more formal action where we believe a serious crime has been committed through illegal waste disposal.

“Anyone who produces, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of waste has a duty of care to make sure it is managed correctly.

(Information from Get Reading)

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