NEW WASTE PERMITS TO CUT QUEUES AT THE TIP / DRUGS AND FAKE DVDs FOUND DURING ILLEGAL TOBACCO PROBE – TWO JAILED
A new waste permit system to cut queues at the tip and reduce the time residents spend waiting to dispose of household rubbish and recycling is being introduced by Croydon council.
From 3 April 2017, residents will need a permit to use any of the three Household Reuse and Recycling Centres (HRRCs) in Croydon.
“There is no charge for the permits and the scheme will significantly reduce waiting times into the sites by ensuring that all customers using the sites are residents” said a council spokeswoman.
“The permit scheme will also ensure that the council doesn’t incur additional waste costs from non-residents or businesses – and pass those costs on to residents.”
Cllr Stuart Collins, Croydon’s cabinet member for clean, green Croydon, said: “Nobody wants to spend their weekend queuing outside the tip after a spring clean – nor do Croydon taxpayers want to foot the bill for businesses to dump commercial waste or non-residents to bring their rubbish to our borough.
“The new system is really straightforward and easy to use – permits are free and available to all residents from the HRRCs on production of a valid forms of ID.
“Whilst we are introducing the scheme nobody will be turned away but politely reminded to bring some forms of ID at the next visit. “Once the system is established, residents won’t waste their time waiting behind people who shouldn’t be using the site.”
To get a permit residents will need to bring ID when they visit the site with their vehicle – a driving licence is recommended.
Residents cannot get a permit on behalf of someone else and must be presenting their own ID at your visit. Residents who use more than one vehicle in their household can get an additional permit when they visit the site in that vehicle.
Once obtained, permits must be displayed in your vehicle each time you visit the site.
Permits will not be issued to customers that use large vehicles such as a van, minibus or trailer – they will need to provide ID on each visit.
For more information please visit the council’s honesty form page. For more information on the waste permit system, including the list of acceptable ID, visit the webpage. (Source: Croydon council press release)
DRUGS AND FAKE DVDs FOUND DURING ILLEGAL TOBACCO PROBE – TWO JAILED
A haul of class B drugs estimated to be worth approximately £100,000 and 1,500 fake DVDs have been discovered by council officers as part of an long running illicit tobacco investigation.
Officers from Southwark council’s trading standards team executed two entry warrants and attended two self-storage units in pursuit of members of an organised criminal gang involved in importing and distributing counterfeit tobacco.
During the investigation they had identified two individuals wanted by the police after absconding during previous prosecutions by the council.
The first was wanted for fraud and trade mark offences in relation to counterfeit tobacco production in Camberwell in 2012 and had failed to turn up at court last year.
With the support of the police, he was sentenced to 15 months (seven and a half months imprisonment and seven and a half on license). The judge also ordered that he be deported at the end of the sentence.
The second had been sentenced to 22 months imprisonment back in 2014 for DVD fraud when 50,000 DVDs were seized from a manufacturing unit in Peckham. Last month at the Inner London crown court, the man was handed an extra four months for bail offences and will now serve a total of 26 months in prison.
Police seized the drugs haul and local CID made a further arrest in connection with that.
Cllr Barrie Hargrove, Southwark’s cabinet member for communities and safety, said: “The links between the illicit tobacco trade and more serious crimes such as drug dealing, are just one of the reasons the council are determined to clamp down on the supply locally.
“The unregulated substances pose serious health issues and fire risk as they do not comply with national manufacturing standards. “Due to the excellent work of our officers, we now have two serious criminals and a large quantity of harmful drugs off the streets of Southwark.” (Source: Southwark council press release)