Published: Monday, 22nd October 2018

A man has been fined £500 after failing to dispose of waste responsibly.

A 21-year-old man from Higham has pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to ensure controlled waste is disposed of correctly at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 9 October.

In October 2017 Medway Council was alerted to a fly-tipping incident on Pickles Way, Cliffe, where a quantity of household waste had been dumped. A council investigation found that the man had been hired to dispose of the waste from an address in Bexleyheath.

Medway Council contacted the individual and invited him to an interview but he did not respond. He was then sent a notice asking a number of questions about the fly-tipping. The man responded and said that he had been asked to set up a clearance job for a group of travellers. He failed to produce a waste carrier’s certificate and transfer notes.

The man is not a registered waste carrier, broker or dealer and he received a court summons asking him to attend Medway Magistrates’ Court on 23 July. He did not attend and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 9 October.

Magistrates fined him £500 and ordered him to pay court costs of £250.

A man has also been ordered to pay thousands for failing to co-operate with a fly-tipping investigation.

Lee Johnson of Colman Road, Canning Town, London, pleaded not guilty to failing to comply with a legal notice at Medway Magistrates’ Court in August however the 43-year-old did not attend the trial on Friday, 12 October and the case was proved in his absence.

In December 2016 Medway Council were notified of a fly-tipping incident at a former pub site in Coldharbour Road, Gravesend. The incident had been reported by residents and on the same evening a white Volvo tipper lorry overturned at the A228 and Coldharbour Road roundabout. The vehicle was thought to have been involved in the fly-tipping incident. An investigation revealed Johnson was in the vehicle at the time of the crash.  

In March Johnson was sent a notice asking him to answer a number of questions about the fly-tipping but he failed to respond. In April he was sent a letter inviting him for an interview. Johnson then contacted the council and said he would fill out the notice but failed to do so.

Magistrates fined Johnson £1,000 and ordered him to pay £1,000 costs and a £100 victim surcharge, totalling £2,100.

Medway Council investigated the case on behalf of Gravesham Borough Council.

>Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Medway'

Sarah Valdus, Head of Environment at Medway Council, said: “Fly-tipping is not tolerated in Medway. Everyone has a duty to dispose of waste responsibly and this gentleman’s fine reflects the seriousness of his actions. We are committed to keeping Medway clean and tidy and we will continue to prosecute those who are found to be involved in fly-tipping incidents as well as those who hinder prosecutions and fail to dispose of waste responsibly.”

You can report fly-tipping online.

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