Published: Wednesday, 6th March 2019

A van driver has been fined more than £400 after he was seen throwing a cigarette butt on the floor.

In July 2018 one of Medway Council’s enforcement officers witnessed Tim Collett of Bakers Mead, Godstone, Surrey, drop a cigarette butt out the window of his van before driving off and leaving it behind.

Collett was sent a fixed penalty notice for littering but he failed to pay. He was sent a further letter but didn’t respond.

He failed to attend Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 27 February, and the case was proved in his absence.

Collett was fined £440 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £44 and court costs of £342.70.

A man has also been fined £300 after failing to produce copies of business waste documents.

In July 2018, Carl Green of Mr Green’s Barbers was asked to produce copies of his waste transfer documents for the shop in Rochester.

Businesses are responsible for the waste they produce in the course of their business. Every business which produces waste must dispose of it at a permitted waste site, or arrange for a licensed waste carrier to collect it. They must also make sure that they keep a written record of the waste transfer and keep it for at least two years.

If they don’t, they could be prosecuted under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Green failed to produce waste transfer documents when requested and in September 2018 he was issued with a fixed penalty notice. Green failed to pay and did not produce the requested documentation.

On Thursday, 7 February 2019, Green failed to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court and the case was proved in his absence.

Green was fined £300.00 and ordered to pay costs of £140.95 and a victim surcharge of £30.

'Everyone has a responsibility to keep Medway clean and tidy'

Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder covering Enforcement, said: “Everyone has a responsibility to keep Medway clean and tidy. Both businesses and members of the public must dispose of their waste properly. It is also very important that businesses they keep hold of documents which prove that they dispose of their waste responsibly, if not, business owners may face prosecution.”

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