Published: Tuesday, 23rd May 2023

A Gillingham man has been ordered to pay more than £800 for transporting waste without a licence.

In September 2022 William Miles of Barnsole Road, was stopped by officers from Kent Police and Medway Council in Chatham as part of a joint operation targeting illegal waste carriers.

The 40-year-old was asked if he was carrying waste in his vehicle, which he replied he was. The back of the vehicle was opened, and wooden bed bases and bags were inside. When Miles was asked if he had a waste carrier’s licence, he said he did not.

Miles was issued with a formal notice requesting him to requesting him to produce valid waste transfer notes. He did not respond and was issued with a fixed penalty notice, which he failed to pay.

Miles pleaded guilty to failing to respond to a notice to provide waste transfer notes and carrying waste without the correct licence at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 17 May.

Magistrates fined him £300 for failing to respond to the notice, £100 for carrying waste without a waste carrier’s licence and was ordered him to pay investigation costs of £230.25, legal costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £43, totalling £823.25.

Use a registered waste carrier

Ian Gilmore, Head of Regulatory and Environmental Services at Medway Council, said: “It is illegal to transport waste without a licence and if residents are employing someone to remove waste from their homes it is incredibly important that they employ a registered waste carrier. Residents can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506506 to request an instant waste carrier check. We also have a Fair Trader scheme which offers a list of companies who specialise in waste disposal and have trade waste agreements in place. We all have a duty to keep Medway clean and tidy.”

Unlawful activity will not be tolerated

Sergeant Darren Walshaw who heads up Kent Police’s Rural Task Force said: “Fly-tipping blights communities and, in some cases, poses a significant health risk to the public. This is why we continue to work closely with our partners to send a clear message that this unlawful activity will not be tolerated. I would ask anyone seeking to have waste removed from their property to ensure that the person they employ has a valid licence for the task.”

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