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Rubbish falling from waste carrier on M4

On September 20, 2012, in Environment Agency, M4, waste transporters, by PeterSilverman

Waste falling from transporter on M4 reported to Environment Agency

From: Peter Silverman []
Sent: 20 September 2012 13:33
To: ‘’
Subject: EPA S34 – breach of duty – FJ54 PGE

I was driving along the M4 at 10.35 am on 19th September 2012 (yesterday).
I was going in a westerly direction and had passed junction 7.
I noticed a quantity of small items of litter blowing around high in the air.
I very soon caught up with the following vehicle:

Reg no. FJ54 PGE  / Large Volvo truck / dark blue panels on rear and side/  dark blue cab
No logos or company name etc on either back or along right hand side of rear section  or cab.
The rear of the vehicle consisted of a large rectangular closed -in box.
I  assumed it was a specialist vehicle for transporting general waste.

Just above the top of the back of the rear section I could see waste material that under some sort of awning or net.
This did not cover the waste adequately.
It was not clear to me whether the whole of the top was netted or just the part I could see.

After 30 seconds or so I saw a large piece of this material – it  looked like a piece of crumpled up polythene sheeting – fall out onto the road
It was around three or four foot long.
I followed the vehicle after it turned off at J8/9 and went north along the A404 (M).
I overtook it to check for identifying markings on the right hand side. There were none on either the rear section or on the cab.
I let it overtake me again when I observed two further smaller pieces of refuse (stips of plastic or other material each about a foot long) fall from the vehicle.

I turned round at J9B and returned to the M4 to continue my journey.
My wife was with me and she wrote down and visually confirmed  the registration number.

Could you please take action against the operator or driver of the vehicle under S34 of the Environmental Protection Act or as you feel appropriate.

Assuming they are registered waste carriers they were clearly  in breach of their duty of care.

Please keep me informed of developments.


Peter Silverman
20 Kingsend, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7DA
(Phone number removed)




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