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Company fined for repeatedly littering Medway

Date: 07/08/2008           Category: Community Safety

A recycling company that has been repeatedly prosecuted for spilling rubbish from its lorries has been fined for a third time. Waste-A-Way Recycling Ltd was fined £1,000 on 31 July, 2008 by Medway magistrates for failing to comply with three notices after its lorries were spotted shedding waste on the A289 Wainscott Bypass. The company, based at Wickford, Essex, was also ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £15 victim surcharge. The company had been served with Section 71 notices under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 on three separate occasions that requested the names and addresses of the drivers whose vehicles had not been securely covered. On all three occasions, there has been no reply and no company representative in court to enter a plea. Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team brought the case to court after eagle-eyed residents saw rubbish, including paper and plastic cartons, spill from one of Waste-A-Way’s vehicles on two separate occasions on 8 and 16 November, 2007. The company was fined £600 on 27 March 2008 Magistrates for depositing waste from insecure loads onto the A289 Wainscott Bypass. Waste-A-Way Ltd was previously convicted for the same offence on 31 August, 2006 at Medway Magistrates’ Court, when it was fined £500. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Enforcement Cllr Rehman Chishti said: “Let this be a warning to any commercial vehicle operator that they are expected to comply with the law and secure their loads correctly. “The council will not tolerate rubbish being strewn along the roads and verges in this way and will take action against anyone found doing it. I urge anyone spotting incidents of this kind to report it to the council by calling 01634 333333 or emailing environmentalenforce@medway.gov.uk. "Medway Council will not tolerate any form of littering, whether it's by vehicles as in this case, or by individuals. We in Medway take a zero tolerance approach to anyone dropping litter.”