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Eastchurch resident found guilty of waste related crimes

Published Wednesday 17 March, 2021
Last updated on Wednesday 18 August, 2021

An Eastchurch resident carrying scrap metal in Minster has been prosecuted by Swale Borough Council for carrying controlled waste without a waste carrier licence, scrap dealer licence or waste transfer notes.

The 57 year old was found guilty of all charges at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Monday, 15 March and ordered to pay three fines, a court levy and prosecution costs totalling £7,697.54.

The fines included £4,000 for failing to provide waste transfer notes, £1,000 for failing to have a waste carrier’s licence and £500 for failing to have a scrap metal licence. A £170 court levy and £2,027.54 prosecution costs were also awarded.

The man had previously received a £500 fine and £200 prosecution costs in 2018 after being prosecuted for similar offences.

After being pulled over by police during a joint taskforce day with the council’s environmental enforcement team in 2019 for carrying scrap metal, he was given a £300 fixed penalty notice (FPN) and a producer after he was unable to produce a valid waste carrier licence or waste transfer notes.

Claiming to be driving the vehicle on behalf of an employer and using their waste carrier licence, it was later found that neither the driver nor alleged employer were licensed scrap metal collectors.

Cllr Julian Saunders, cabinet member for environment at the council, said:

“This is a fantastic result.

“This man has shown repeated disregard for the law and has now received a fine of more than £7,500 after being prosecuted for a second time for similar offences.

“We issued him with a £300 FPN when he was pulled over by police for not carrying the correct documents, so when that was left unpaid, we wasted no time in prosecuting.

“After being found guilty and paying £700 in 2018 for similar offences, it was clear that it wasn’t a sufficient deterrent, so we’re pleased the judge was tougher this time around.

“It is a legal requirement for waste carriers to have the appropriate licence and waste transfer notes, without these, there is no way to prove that waste has been disposed of properly and can end up being dumped along our roads and countryside.”

To check if someone is a licenced waste carrier visit www.environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.