Flytippers have been caught red handed after a crackdown was launched targeting those who illegally dump waste.
Thanks to spot checks on targeted roads in Hounslow at least two van drivers have been slapped with fines in the last two months.
Hounslow council's enforcement team together with local police and Hounslow Highways are steering the ongoing campaign to keep rubbish off the streets.
Both drivers were without appropriate waste licences and received a fixed penalty notice (FPN) with a £300 fine.
One was pulled over eastbound on the A4 and the other westbound on Staines Road.
The council will carry out further operations and has warned individuals and businesses can face prosecution in court with the outcome of a custodial sentence, vehicles seized and hefty fines.
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for community protection at Hounslow Council, said: “We’re using information from the public and CCTV to catch these irresponsible waste carriers and our enforcement team will continue to work with the police to carry out checks.
"We will also go after anyone we can link to the rubbish. Even if that means prosecuting the person who owned the waste.
“There’s an easy way to avoid any action and that’s to check if the person taking away your waste is licensed to do so.
"If you don’t, as well as a hefty fine, you could end up with a criminal record.”
The advice for those employing somebody to dispose of waste is:
- Take the registration number of the vehicle removing the waste, and the drivers details including their name, address and telephone number
- Ask to see the person’s waste carrier licence. Take a photograph of this if you can.
- Describe the waste in writing and create a transfer note with the person’s name on it. Take a photograph of this too.
The council is actively investigating all dumped rubbish for evidence of who the waste belongs to, and if proof of where the rubbish came from is found, the council can prosecute the resident for disposing waste irresponsibly.
Residents who see or are suspicious of someone carrying waste illegally can report to the council's neighbourhood enforcement team by email Pollution@hounslow.gov.uk or call 020 8583 5555.
A legitimate waste carrier must have a waste carrier's licence issued by the Environment Agency, which has a public register of all licence holders.
Keep up to date with the latest news in west London via the free getwestlondon app.
You can even set it to receive push notifications for all the breaking news in your area.