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3 November 2016, 16:58 | Updated: 3 November 2016, 17:01
Essex County Council has told Heart a ban on vans and trucks using certain recycling centres has nothing to do with a recent spate of large-scale fly-tipping.
The new rules mean vans and commercial vehicles will not be allowed into around half of the county’s recycling centres, in the hope it will prevent illegal business waste being dumped and free up the centres for residents.
But the changes come as the Environment Agency are carrying out investigations after lorry-loads of waste were dumped in some 20 locations over the last few weeks.
Reports show fly-tipping has taken place off major road networks such as the A13, A130 and A127 in quiet locations such as farm tracks, entrances to sewage pumping stations and telephone exchanges. In particular areas around Chelmsford, Basildon, Brentwood and Canvey Island have been affected.
Essex County Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, Simon Walsh said:
“I would suggest the recent industrial-scale fly-tipping isn’t a result of the new rules at our recycling centres. The type of vehicles dumping this waste would never have used our sites, as they’re too big.
“Having said that, there may be a slight rise in low-level fly-tipping as businesses get used to the new rules, but we believe the illegal use of recycling centres means that residents end up footing the bill. Removing illegal business traffic from sites will breathe new life into these facilities and improve sites for all users.”