Police alert on baled waste crime – County Durham

18 April 2017

Durham Constabulary is noting an emerging trend where organised crime groups are removing household waste, usually from waste transfer stations, and wrapping them in green or black plastic bales, the same used as those used in farming to wrap silage. 

  • This is likely to involve articulated vehicles, usually 6-8 wheeled vehicles towing either curtain sided trailers or ejector trailers (average contents 26 tonnes of waste).
  • The waste is then dumped illegally on farmland, in remote locations or in unoccupied business premises.
  • A forklift may be used to unload the vehicle and the offenders are likely to return on a number of occasions. 

Durham Constabulary is working closely with the Environment Agency and other partner organisations to investigate and prosecute those responsible. They are aware that organised criminal groups are making significant profit from this activity which causes massive financial cost to the victims, as well as the obvious effects on the local community.

The Constabulary are encouraging people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity by calling them on 101, or by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 if you have information to pass on but don’t wish to contact the police directly.