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Man fined after his waste was fly-tipped in Fenland

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A man has been fined after his commercial waste was found dumped by the roadside in Chatteris.

Liam Waters, of 17 Salix Road, Peterborough, paid an unknown man £40 to dispose of a number of fridges and freezers and other items from his food business in September last year.

The waste was later found fly-tipped in New Road, Chatteris, by a member of Fenland District Council’s Street Cleansing team.

Liam Waters paid an unknown man £40 to dispose of fridges and freezers from his business - they ended up being fly-tipped in chatteris. (51729551)
Liam Waters paid an unknown man £40 to dispose of fridges and freezers from his business - they ended up being fly-tipped in chatteris. (51729551)

The Council’s Street Scene team launched an investigation which led them to Waters’ business address in Peterborough. He said he was carrying out refurbishments, and his neighbour had told him about a “scrap dealer” who could take away some white goods he needed to get rid of.

Waters appeared before Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court earlier this month when he admitted paying a man to take his rubbish away and failing in his duty of care to ensure his commercial waste was legally disposed of. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay a £34 victim surcharge and a contribution towards costs of £250.

In mitigation, Waters’ solicitor said he did not realise that not checking who was taking away his rubbish would lead to the consequences that it did.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland's Cabinet member for Environment, said: “It is vital that anyone who needs waste taken away checks the credentials of the waste provider. They should be able to provide you with their waste licence and a receipt confirming where the waste will be taken.

“Any reputable contractor will have no problem providing this information. If you are in any doubt about whether the person or company removing your waste is licenced to do so, please do not use them. Services that sound too good to be true often are and if your waste ends up illegally dumped, you will be held responsible.”

You can check if someone has a waste licence on the Environment Agency website at: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

 Finding a licensed waste collector is not difficult. Fenland District Council’s Trade (Commercial) Waste and Recycling Service offers a reliable, flexible service, with experience in handling a wide variety of waste streams. For more information, visit: www.fenland.gov.uk/tradewaste

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