Successful prosecutions for environmental offences
Released on 12 April 2018
South Staffordshire Council has successfully prosecuted a Wolverhampton man and woman for breaching environmental laws. The cases were heard at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme last month and earlier this week on Monday 9 April 2018. Both defendants pleaded guilty.
Jake Aiden Carrier (27), who lives in Highfield Avenue, Wolverhampton, failed in his duty of care to make proper checks about a man who took away his waste and disposed of it. The man was not an authorised waste collector and his fence panels, cardboard boxes and general waste ended up being fly-tipped in Gailey Lea Lane in Gailey. Carrier, who is unemployed and on carers allowance, was fined £200 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £752.90 to costs, resulting in a total cost of £982.90.
Chelsi Peate (24) who lives in Emerson Road, Wolverhampton, failed in her duty of care to make proper checks about a man who took away her waste and charged her £40. The man was not an authorised waste collector and Peate found out about him through Facebook. The waste, which consisted of a sofa and black bagged waste, ended up being fly-tipped in Highgate Common in Swindon. Peate, who works part-time as a cleaner, was fined £120 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £851.00 costs, resulting in a total cost of £1001.00.
Councillor Roger Lees, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regulatory Services at South Staffordshire Council, said, “It is the legal duty of householders to check that anyone taking waste from their home is registered and has a waste carrier licence from the Environment Agency. Failing to make proper checks is a criminal offence and all householders and businesses have a duty of care to dispose of their waste responsibly.
“South Staffordshire is a beautiful rural district and it's dreadful to see waste being abandoned in our countryside. It is completely unacceptable to fly-tip and the Council prosecutes anyone who uses an illegal collector. If you hand over your waste to someone who offers to take it away for a bargain price, then it's highly likely that your waste will be dumped somewhere.
“Bulky household waste such as sofas can be disposed of at local household recycling centres and Councils also offer a bulky waste collection service too. Instead of searching on Facebook, the defendant could just as easily have booked online and paid only a few pounds for a single item bulky waste collection - instead, she is facing a bill of over £1,000 and now has a criminal record."
Anyone can check the public registers to see if someone is licensed to dispose of waste by visiting: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
You can report fly-tipping on the Council's website at: www.sstaffs.gov.uk
To book a bulky waste collection, visit www.sstaffs.gov.uk/myaccount where residents can access a variety of council services online.
For further details contact
South Staffordshire District Council
Tel: 01902 696000