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According to the Country Land and Business Association, dealing with fly-
From May 2016, councils in England were given the power to issue fixed penalty notices between £150 and £400 for "small-
Littering also costs the taxpayer between £717 million and £850 million pounds a year to clean up.
Desk of Call A Van: 03 November 2016. Source Buckinghamshire County Council.
USING A TRADER TO REMOVE HOUSEHOLD WASTE
If someone is taking your waste away, whether from building work, gardening or just general household rubbish, you need to make sure they will deal with the waste responsibly.
All householders have a duty of care for their waste and must do all that is reasonable to ensure that the waste carrier is properly authorised to take the waste away. This could be checking a company’s carrier certificate or checking their waste carrier registration with the Environment Agency.
Sometimes even registered waste carriers may dump waste illegally, so we would always recommend taking down and keeping safe the registration number of the vehicle(s) making the collection and making sure any payment is recorded. Such as using credit/debit cards. Cash payment may seem cheap and convenient at the time. But, it also allows the waste carrier a greater anonymity.
The Waste Partnership’s policy is to back the householder as a potential witness where we find their waste dumped illegally, but if your waste is found fly-
Desk of Call A Van: 12 July 2017. Source News Locker.
‘CAMPAIGN OF CRIMINAL FLY-
A man has been fined more than £4,000 for a series of fly-
Desk of Call A Van: Source: gov.uk 15 January 2018 from Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, Environment Agency, and Thérèse Coffey MP
New steps to tackle illegal waste and fly-
New powers to tackle the serious problem of waste crime will be granted, and further action opened for consultation in a crack-
Waste crime cost the English economy more than £600m in 2015, including lost landfill tax revenues and clean-
New powers will therefore be introduced for the Environment Agency (EA) to lock the gates or block access to problem waste sites to prevent thousands of tonnes of waste illegally building up. The powers will also enable the EA to force operators to clear all the waste at a problem waste site, not just the illegal waste.
The government has also launched a new consultation to tackle crime and poor performance in the waste sector. Proposals include raising the bar required to hold EA waste permits, and putting a stop to criminals hiding their illegal activities by requiring them to register low-
The consultation proposes improving awareness amongst householders, so people can check on the EA website to see if the recipient of their waste is licensed to take their waste, or their duty to pass waste to legitimate carriers.
It also suggests providing local authorities with the option of fining those whose waste ends up fly-
Desk of Call A Van: Source: gov.uk 21/12/17 from Environment Agency.
Nottingham man fined for carrying waste without a licence.
Nottingham man fined for carrying waste without a licenceA 43-
Darren Pike from Betts Avenue, Hucknall, NG15 6UP was sentenced at Nottingham Magistrates Court on Wednesday 20 December in relation to a charge of carrying waste without the requisite upper tier Waste Carriers’ Licence. Mr Pike failed to attend Court and the case was proven in his absence.
The charges were brought by the Environment Agency. The court heard how during a multi-
A number of waste transfer notes and weighbridge tickets were also found in the vehicle, which suggested that Mr Pike had previously taken waste (scrap metal) to two separate sites, one in Nottingham and the other in Mansfield. A public register search confirmed Mr Pike did not hold a Waste Carriers’ licence.
Sinead Chamberlain, Environment Officer at the Environment Agency said:
On carrying out an interview under caution with Mr Pike in May this year, he admitted he was not a registered waste carrier. A letter was given to him containing advice and guidance in relation to registering as a waste carrier however, a subsequent check in August showed he had failed to register.
By not having the necessary licence, Mr Pike has incurred a total penalty of £2,957.
The Environment Agency is working hard to make sure all businesses carrying waste have the correct authorisation's to allow them to transport waste – a waste carrier’s registration from the Environment Agency.
This case demonstrates we will take action against those who do not operate within the confines of relevant regulations and we hope it will serve as an example for other waste carriers to make sure they have the relevant licence in place.
Mr Pike has 28 days to pay. When sentencing, the Court took into account the aggravating feature of the offence being committed for financial gain, as well the defendant’s previous “unblemished” record for environmental offences.
On 11 May 2017, Darren Pike, being a person who is not a registered carrier of controlled waste, did, in the course of his business or otherwise with a view to profit, transport controlled waste, namely wood, plastics, a mattress and a refrigerator, from Betts Avenue, Hucknall, NG15 6UP, being a place in Great Britain. Contrary to section 1(1) of the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 makes it a criminal offence for a person to transport controlled waste to or from any place in the United Kingdom, with a view for profit, if they do not possess the requisite Waste Carriers’ Licence.