Man fined after waste found in fly-tip in Chiswell Green

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News release: 17 May 2017

A 41-year-old man has been ordered to pay almost £600 after cardboard boxes from his shop were found dumped in Ragged Hall Lane in Chiswell Green.

Man fined after waste found in fly-tip in Chiswell Green

The man from London was fined after failing to ensure that waste relating to his business was disposed of by an authorised carrier.

St Albans City and District Council brought a prosecution after investigating the fly-tipping incident at Chiswell Green and tracking waste back to the man.

The case was heard at St Albans Magistrates Court on Wednesday 10 May.

The man pleaded guilty to failing to discharge his legal ‘duty of care’ in disposing of controlled waste, contrary to Section 34(1) Environmental Protection Act 1990.

He admitted giving cardboard boxes that had contained goods destined for his shop in Islington to a man with a van who called at his London home. He also failed to check that the man with a van had a licence to carry waste and to obtain a written note from him detailing the waste disposal arrangements. The waste, along with other rubbish, was then unlawfully dumped in Ragged Hall Lane in Chiswell Green.

The man was fined £267, ordered to pay £300 costs and a £30 Victim Surcharge, making a total sum of £597.

Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment for St Albans City and District Council, said: “Remember that everyone is responsible for what happens to their waste. It is essential that people ensure that their waste is being disposed of legitimately in line with their duty of the care. Otherwise, they could end up being prosecuted if their waste is later found to have been fly-tipped by another person.”

Householders and businesses have a ‘duty of care’ under the Environmental Protection Act to ensure that their waste is transferred only to authorised persons. To prevent waste being fly-tipped they need to:

• Check that the person they pass their waste to is an authorised carrier online or by calling 03708 506506.
• Check where the waste is going.
• Ask for a receipt detailing where the waste is going, information about the transportation vehicle and the carrier’s authorisation number. This is a legal obligation for businesses, but householders are also advised to request this information.
• Take waste to a Household Waste and Recycling Centre. The ones run by Hertfordshire County Council are listed online.

If anyone sees people dumping waste, call the police on 999, tell them where the crime is in progress and pass on as much information as possible. Make a note of the vehicle registration number and take photos if possible, but do not approach the fly-tippers. The non-emergency number for the police is 101.

Fly-tipped waste can be reported to the District Council by emailing wastemanagementservices@stalbans.gov.uk or calling 01727 809019. More information about the ‘duty of care’ to dispose of waste and fly-tipping is available on our website.

Councillor contact:
Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, Portfolio Holder for Environment for St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819281
Email: cllr.d.chichester-miles@stalbans.gov.uk

Contact for the media:
Amanda Wilkinson,
Senior Communications Officer
St Albans City and District Council
Tel: 01727 819317
E-mail: amanda.wilkinson@stalbans.gov.uk
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