Illegal waste sites across Bucks could face prosecution following spot checks by the Environment Agency last week.

Officers visited more than 100 sites and waste disposal firms across the county, finding five illegal sites whose owners could now face action.

Firms are required by law to manage waste without a threat to the environment, such as not releasing anything other than waste water into the drainage network.

The surprise inspections covered the removal of hazardous items, like chemicals and car batteries.

Companies were also checked for having the correct environmental permit for their business.

Speaking about the illegal sites, which the EA did not release information about, spokesman Sue Veal said: “Most of the illegal sites we found in Bucks are dealing with scrap metal, including end of life vehicles.

“We also found a site that was handling construction and demolition waste without the necessary authorisations.

“We will be looking at the appropriate actions to get these sites compliant – in the first instance we will provide advice and guidance to help them comply.

“The use of more formal enforcement powers may be necessary if it is clear there is no intention of making the necessary improvements to protect the environment.”

Mark Tucker, installations team leader for the EA in the Thames Valley, said: “Mishandling waste, poorlyoperated permitted sites and illegal waste activities can pose a threat to human health and the environment.

“As well as breaking the law, illegal operations undermine the work done by legitimate firms.”