Bedfordshire man pleads guilty to fly-tipping offence in North Hertfordshire

PR Date: 
Tuesday, 11 June 2019 - 11:15am

A Bedfordshire man has been prosecuted for failing to legally and appropriately dispose of his waste in North Hertfordshire.

At Stevenage Magistrates Court on 31 May, Mr Sam G.W. Dowell of Fildyke Road, Meppershall, Bedfordshire, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste appropriately, contrary to section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Following an investigation by North Hertfordshire District Council’s (NHDC) Environmental Crime Team, it came to light that Mr Dowell had paid a man who had knocked at his door, offering to dispose of his waste. Paving slabs, bricks, sand, wooden pallets, sacks of rubble and general domestic/household waste were removed by the man, without Mr Dowell checking if he was a licenced waste carrier. The waste was illegally fly-tipped on land at Radwell Grange Farm in Radwell and traced back to Mr Dowell. Mr Dowell was fined £288, ordered to pay £100 in legal costs and a Victim Surcharge of £30, a total of £418.

Cllr Judi Billing, NHDC’s Executive Member for Community Engagement said: "We urge all businesses and residents to check that those offering to take your waste away have a valid waste carriers' license, and issue you with the correct documentation, otherwise you may see it dumped around the corner of your village.

"Unfortunately there are a number of unscrupulous people out there offering to take unwanted items away and then dumping them in back lanes and rural areas. We will always prosecute those we catch flytipping. This case demonstrates that individuals are legally responsible for disposing of their waste correctly and will be prosecuted if they fail to do so."

NHDC is part of the Hertfordshire fly-tipping group, made up of Herts police, Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers Union, Keep Britain Tidy, and other councils in Hertfordshire. The group recently ran a county-wide campaign calling on residents and businesses to ‘S.C.R.A.P fly-tipping’ by following an easy-to-remember, five-step checklist when arranging one-off waste collections.

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