Illegal trade waste targeted at recycling centres across Wrexham

Individuals who illegally dispose trade waste at recycling centres across Wrexham are to be targeted in a partnership enforcement operation.

Natural Resources Wales (NRW) officers alongside colleagues from Wrexham County Borough Council and North Wales Police will spend time at recycling centres across Wrexham to ensure that trade waste isn't being illegally disposed.

Staff from the organisations will undertake spot checks of cars to ensure all waste is managed accordingly. The operation will take place throughout January and into February.

Disposing of trade waste at public recycling centres has the potential to have a detrimental effect on legitimate waste businesses that invest in the correct measures, therefore jeopardising the North East Wales waste business market.

David Powell, NRW Operations Manager for North East Wales, said:

“We aim to ensure that all waste is disposed of in the most appropriate way.  We have a responsibility to those operating legitimately to ensure that there is a level playing field and that there are no advantages to individual businesses. 
“We suspect that some individuals and businesses are disposing of trade waste at household recycling centres at the expense of the taxpayer.
“This is unfair on the majority of individuals and businesses who dispose of their trade waste appropriately and something that we aim to stop.”

Anybody who suspects illegal waste activity in their area should report it via NRW’s incident hotline on 0300 065 3000.