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Old Harlow firm fined for fly-tipping

Communities / Thu 19th Dec 2013 at 09:14am

AN OLD HARLOW building company has been fined £500 for failing in their duty of care when disposing of waste materials which led to fly tipping in Thornwood Common near Epping. The magistrates also ordered the company to pay £675 towards the Council’s prosecution and clean-up costs.

Representatives from Ultimate Lofts and Extensions Limited attended a court hearing on 19 November 2013 pleading guilty to 2 offences of not taking reasonable measures to secure the transfer of controlled waste to an authorised person and failing to ensure there was an exchange of a written description of waste

Fly tipping details

On 13 May 2013, dumped pieces of wood from furniture and kitchen cupboards were reported on Weald Hall Lane in Thornwood Common. An Environment and Neighbourhoods officer (ENO) found evidence that traced the rubbish back to a property in Mill Hill, North West London. The property was having renovations carried out by Ultimate Lofts and Extensions Limited.

Company Director Andrew O’Connell, of Dunmow in Essex, admitted to Council officers that he had given the rubbish to an unknown person with a white van in exchange for a quantity of waste metal worth about £250. The unknown man stated he would burn the wood on his own land but had actually fly tipped it. Mr O’Connell had not checked to ensure the man had the necessary waste carriers licence in order to transport it. Neither had there been any exchange of the required waste transfer notes. This was contrary to the company’s normal practice and they were able to produce evidence that waste transfer notes were usually exchanged when the company disposed of rubbish.

Mr O’Connell admitted that, for personal convenience, the waste had been handed over without the required checks being made. He was going on holiday and wanted to dispose of the wood quickly. The Council decided to proceed with prosecution proceedings against the company.

flytipPortfolio Holder for the Environment Councillor Will Breare-Hall said: “The Epping Forest district is a beautiful place to live, work and visit and we want to keep it that way. This prosecution shows that fly tipping is totally unacceptable. We all have a legal responsibility to dispose of our waste properly.”

“You can find a registered waste carrier on the Environment Agency website or call them on 08708 506 506. Households and businesses who don’t comply with their duty of care risk being prosecuted if their waste is fly tipped. Don’t spoil our district, make sure whoever takes your waste has a waste carriers licence. You can learn more on our fly tipping page.”

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