Residents urged to check waste carrier details
Householders in Suffolk are being reminded of their legal responsibility to ensure their waste does not become fly-tipped, following the successful prosecution of a Waveney resident.
Stephen Coleman of Spexhall appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates Court on 10 August 2016, where he pleaded guilty for failing to fulfil his Duty of Care towards household waste contrary to Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Mr Coleman was ordered to pay a total of £325.
The case was brought to court after a member of the public reported fly-tipped waste in Dunwich Forest to Suffolk Coastal District Council in April. Upon investigation by Council officers, a builder’s bag containing domestic and commercial waste was found which contained items bearing Mr Coleman’s then home address. The waste also contained items bearing the address of his employer at the time.
Residents are reminded of the following when asking someone else to remove waste from their property:
- Beware of rogue waste carriers – reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If in any doubt, do not allow them to take your waste. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
- Ask for their waste carrier registration details and then verify them by checking the online register or by calling 03708 506 506. Always note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
- Always ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
- Make sure you get a proper receipt detailing what has been removed and where it will be going. Make sure the company or tradesman’s details are included.