A business will think twice before using ‘a man with a van’ to dispose of waste again after they were fined £5,319.63 when its waste ended up on a National Trust estate.
Soking Group Ltd, Luton, pleaded guilty to offences in its ‘duty of care’ regarding the waste that was illegally dumped in a field on the National Trust Ashbridge estate. The court heard that on October 7, 2013, a large amount of mixed commercial waste was found off of Stocks Road, Ivinghoe in a field. The field forms part of the Ashbridge estate and was being used to graze cattle.
Soking Group Ltd were revealed to have not checked for a waste carrier registration or to have asked for his identity, although they later provided details about the man later, including photographs, a mobile telephone number, and a hand written receipt. The investigation into the alleged waste carrier is still ongoing.
The company were prosecuted by Buckinghamshire County Council working on behalf of the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire, and since the partnership was launched has been combating illegal dumping and waste management offences in the county.
The partnership has secured 467 convictions against both individuals and companies for illegal dumping and related offences.
Shockingly, on average, there is at least one conviction per week for illegal dumping offences in Buckinghamshire alone.
Furthermore this week, another company in Manchester trading as Denver Knitwear was fined £4000 by the courts after having fly-tipped in one of Rochdale’s best loved beauty spots Healey Dell Nature Reserve back in 2013.
Again, the company fell foul of not asking for a waste carrier’s licence and did not use a licensed waste removal firm.
If you are looking for a commercial waste collection and are unsure of the regulations why not contact a member of the 707 Team on 08454 707 707.