Welwyn Garden City man fined over fly-tip
PUBLISHED: 17:24 03 November 2017
A Welwyn Garden City man has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after junk was dumped off a country lane.
Abraham Chalkley, 29, of Aldbury Grove, admitted failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste appropriately when he appeared at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on Friday, October 27.
A spokesman for North Herts District Council said: “A fly-tip containing household waste was found off Church Lane, Reed, which contained paperwork identifying a named individual.
“Following investigations it became clear that Mr Chalkley had offered to take the waste of the individual (a family friend) to his local Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC), however he was turned away due to his van not being registered.
“He was approached at the HWRC by an unknown third party who offered to take the waste for him and Mr Chalkley paid him £100 to do so.
“In court Mr Chalkley accepted that he had failed in his duty to make checks as to whether the man was an authorised waste carrier.”
Chalkley was fined £175.
He was ordered to pay £30 to victim services and £813.08 to cover the council’s costs.
Cllr Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s executive member for housing and environmental health, said: “Fly-tipping blights the area for everyone making our towns and rural areas unsightly, is potentially hazardous, and often attracts even more fly-tipping.
“We are pleased with the verdict and hope it makes householders aware that they have a legal obligation to ensure that their waste is not passed on to unauthorised persons.
“If you intend to use anyone other than the council to remove your waste, you must make sure they have a waste carriers licence. “Paying an unlicensed person or company to dispose of waste on the cheap could have significant consequences for you.”
•If you are looking to dispose of waste, the council advises you to:
-Ask the waste carrier to provide you with their full address and telephone number
-Ask to see their waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency
-Contact the Environment Agency directly on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, or you can check on the Environment Agency website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency