Businessman fined £2.2k for waste carrier offences
The owner of a plumbing and home service business has been fined £2,242, in North Avon Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to fly-tipping offences and operating a waste carrier business without a Registered Waste Carriers Licence.
A homeowner from Horfield, Bristol, contacted JM Plumbing and Property Care, based in Farmborough, and hired its waste carrier services in order to remove some household waste. The owner of JM Plumbing and Property Care, Jack May, aged 22, charged the homeowners £110 and collected the waste from their property.
Mr May told North Avon Magistrates’ Court that when he was parked up in a lay-by later the same day, he was approached by two men in a truck who offered to take away the waste from the Horfield property and dispose of it on his behalf.
The businessman accepted their offer but the household waste was found fly tipped in Doynton, South Gloucestershire. South Gloucestershire Council was able to trace the waste to the household and thus to Mr May.
The businessman appeared in North Avon Magistrates’ Court on Friday, February 26, where he pleaded guilty to operating waste services without a Registered Waste Carriers Licence and for failing to obtain a Waste Transfer Note. He was fined £1,000, ordered to pay costs of £1,142, and must pay a victim surcharge of £100.
South Gloucestershire Council’s, Chair Cllr Heather Goddard, commented: “Fly-tipping is a criminal activity… Contractors should ensure that they hold a Registered Waste Carriers Licence and they comply with the Waste Transfer Note requirements. Residents are advised to only give their rubbish to an Environment Agency registered waste carrier.”
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