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Littering lorry owner found guilty

Date: 08/04/2008           Category: Community Safety

When a lorry carelessly left a trail of rubbish along one of Medway’s roads, eagle-eyed residents helped strike a blow against such thoughtless pollution. They phoned the council and gave witness statements that led to a successful prosecution of the company concerned. Waste-A-Way Recycling Ltd was fined £600 on 27 March 2008 by Medway Magistrates for depositing waste from insecure loads onto the A289 Wainscott Bypass. The company, based at Wickford, Essex, was also ordered to pay costs of £150 and a £15 victim surcharge. The case against the company was brought by Medway Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team after rubbish, including paper and plastic cartons, spilled from one of Waste-A-Way’s vehicles on two separate occasions on 8 and 16 November 2007. The prosecution was for failure to comply with a notice served under section 71(2) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The company did not enter a plea and did not attend the court. The company was previously convicted for the same offence on 31 August, 2006 at Medway Magistrates’ Court, when it was fined £500. 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.” [end]