The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is warning that a new trend appears to be establishing in Scotland, with seven abandoned trailers full of waste having been discovered in the central belt in recent months. Investigations to establish the source of the trailers are ongoing, and could lead to the prosecution of those responsible.
Similar instances of waste being placed into trailers and then abandoned at roadsides and industrial locations have been seen in England over recent months. Working alongside partners through the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce and the Joint Unit for Waste Crime, SEPA has been tracking this growing trend across the UK since last year.
SEPA is warning waste criminals that compliance with Scotland’s environmental laws is non-negotiable, and those caught risk a criminal conviction as well as a fine of up to £40,000 and the possibility of imprisonment. Further, SEPA ask that the public remain vigilant and report suspicious vehicles and activity so action can be taken swiftly.
Source: SEPA, 6 August 2021