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Queenborough trader convicted of waste offences for second time in three years

Published Tuesday 3 November, 2020
Last updated on Tuesday 3 November, 2020

A Queenborough trader has been sentenced by Maidstone Crown Court for environmental waste offences.

The trader of Eastchurch, Kent, was convicted of failing to keep written records last week (29 Oct) after pleading guilty in proceedings brought by Swale Borough Council.

The Queenborough-based business was first visited by council environmental officers in January 2018 after several complaints of burning waste and fly-tipping.

Officers found piles of waste on the ground, various vehicles full of waste, and numerous skips on the ground also full of waste. The waste site was also found to be operating without the correct permit.

The trader was fined £1,000 for failing to keep the required written records and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work in a high-level community order for bulking waste without a permit between April 2017 and January 2018.

The council was also awarded £2,000 in costs and the trader was made the subject of a criminal behaviour order.

The trader was previously convicted in 2017 for being a broker of controlled waste and failing to prevent a contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and for failing to keep written records as outlined by the law.

Cllr Tim Valentine, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“This is a good result after some fantastic work by officers to investigate this ongoing illegal activity.

“Fly-tipping and operating a waste carrying business without the appropriate license is a serious crime, and we will do whatever we can to find and prosecute those responsible.

“Unlicensed waste carriers cause disruption and unnecessary expense to local communities who have to foot the bill to clean up their mess.

“I would urge anyone who needs to have waste removed to make sure they use only licenced waste carriers.

“If you don’t, there’s a good chance it will end up dumped and you could be prosecuted yourself for failing in your duty of care to make sure the waste was disposed of properly.”

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call

03708 506506.

For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/bins-littering-and-the-environment/littering/report-fly-tipping.

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