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Fine for waste offences in South Oxhey

11th April 2017

An offence leading to  fly tipping has been tackled by Three Rivers District Council, as a resident was prosecuted for a breach of section 34 (2A) Environmental Protection Act 1990 for failing in his duty of care as a householder to ensure he gave his waste to an authorised waste carrier.

Robert Wiaderek a local builder of Hayling Road, South Oxhey pleaded guilty to the offence after his waste, a large quantity of building materials, was found in Hallowes Crescent. Mr Wiaderek admitted that he had paid a man £100 to remove the waste from his garden in December 2016. He said that a man called Jason had approached him and asked whether he could remove the waste when he saw that Mr Wiaderek was making improvements to his house. Mr Wiaderek  was prosecuted as he did not check to see if the man who took the waste had a waste carriers licence neither did he ask for a waste transfer note or receipt.

On 29th March 2017 St Albans Magistrates’ Court ordered the defendant to pay £1.201.75 and investigations are ongoing to trace the fly tipper. The Chairman at the court reminded Mr Wiaderek: “by your own admission you should have known better and made enquiries of this man”

Duncan Jones, Chairman of the Herts Fly tipping Group noted “There have been over 14,000 incidents of fly tipping in Hertfordshire since April 2016. A large proportion of these are incidents where household waste has been incorrectly disposed of or passed to illegal waste operators that neither have the relevant waste licenses or facilities to properly handle such wastes. There are a number of resources online to allow residents to check whether or not a contractor is correctly permitted. If residents are still unsure I would recommend contacting the waste management unit at your local council who will also be able to help.”

Protecting the environment is one of the District Council's priorities. Residents can contact the District Council for information about waste sites, refuse and recycling on 01923 776611 or visit www.threerivers.gov.uk