Posted on Thursday 21 September 2017
The discovery of a huge pile of fly-tipped rubbish has led to the prosecution of a local waste firm after an investigation by Gateshead Council.
Members of the public reported a large quality of household waste dumped on a public right of way used by walkers and cyclists in the Leam Court area of Leam Lane, Gateshead earlier this year.
Officers from the Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team launched an investigation and traced the rubbish back to addresses in Gateshead and South Tyneside. The residents there confirmed that their rubbish had been collected by ACC House and Rubbish Removals Ltd of Washington.
Casey Embleton of Pendle Close Washington, who is a director of ACC House and Rubbish Removals Ltd, was then contacted so he could give his account on how the waste his company had collected had come to be fly-tipped. However, despite repeated invitations and requests, he declined to respond to any correspondence from the council.
Mr Embleton also failed to produce either the official documentation relating to his licence to carry waste or the waste transfer notes he is required by law both to keep and produce on request. As a result, the council took Mr Embleton to court.
At Gateshead Magistrates Court, Casey Embleton faced charges of failing to produce waste transfer notices contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and failing to produce a waste carrier’s licence contrary to the Control of Pollution Act 1989.
Magistrates fined him £1,500 for each of the two charges and ordered him to pay £200 costs and a £120 victim surcharge. Mr Embleton failed to attend court to answer the charges and was therefore found guilty in his absence.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“Waste transfer notices are an essential safeguard against fly-tipping because they prove that a waste collector has disposed of their waste responsibly. Failing to provide that proof is a serious offence and it is reassuring that Gateshead’s magistrates continue to take a serious view of companies that flout the law in this way.
“If you are disposing of waste, please make sure the tradesman or rubbish collection company you employ is going to dispose of it responsibly. If you see any fly-tipping, you can report it online at www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping”
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