A man has been fined and ordered to pay costs for ignoring rules on waste disposal which led to fly tipping taking place in the Hailsham area.
Eastbourne Magistrates Court fined Jamie Tanner, 23, formerly of Hailsham, £300 and ordered him to pay costs of £350 for various offences relating to waste including fly tipping.
A victim surcharge of £20 was also imposed by the court.
During 2014 Mr Tanner carried controlled waste on numerous occasions without registering either with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier or with the council as a scrap metal dealer.
Further to this, he failed to ensure the correct paperwork was issued to customers.
When paying a third party to remove waste of his own, he failed to ensure this was transferred to someone authorised to carry waste which resulted in it being fly tipped near Hankham.
In November 2014, a fly tip of 14 bags of rubble appeared at Sayerland Lane in Polegate.
Investigations by the council’s Street Scene Team led to Mr Tanner, who had been paid to dispose of the waste but chose to fly tip it instead.
Magistrates took into account Mr Tanner’s early guilty plea when sentencing him.
“This is a typical case of a rogue trader operating in the waste industry,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member with responsibility for countryside protection.
“The culprit took money from people to dispose of their waste but decided it was more profitable to despoil the countryside instead.
“The only way we can stop this from happening is by making sure it isn’t.
“Rules are in place which make it difficult for such people to operate.
“I would urge everyone who cares about our beautiful Wealden countryside to check that operators taking away waste from your home, business or development have a proper waste carriers licence.
“These are issued by the Environment Agency and carry its logo.”
Kelvin Williams. Wealden’s Head of Planning and Environmental Protection, said, “We are getting tough on fly tipping and will prosecute whenever we can, so please help us to protect our countryside.”
Wealden District Council has the following advice for those with waste to be removed:
• Do not pass any waste from your house, business or building site to a waste carrier unless you have seen their waste carrier’s licence.
• Take the name of the waste carrier which will be on the licence. (The waste carrier’s licence is issued by the Environment Agency and will have their logo on it).
• Ask for a business card and keep it safe.
• Always insist on a receipt for any waste removed as this, along with the name of the waste carrier, will help prove you have disposed of your rubbish in a responsible manner.
• Report any suspicious waste carrying activity in the area to your local council.
If you witness fly tipping, do not approach but take details of any vehicles and persons involved and report this to Wealden’s Street Scene Team on 01892 602735 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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