Herefordshire Council has launched a new initiative to reduce the amount of trade and commercial waste being disposed of illegally at domestic recycling centres.
Two separate cases were tried on October 14 at Hereford Magistrates Court, in which traders Keith Styles of St Guthlac Street, Hereford, and Noel Turner of Bulmer Avenue, pleaded guilty to depositing controlled (commercial) waste at the household recycling centre in Rotherwas and transporting waste without a waste carriers licence.
Styles received a fine of £350 and was ordered to pay costs of £235 and a victim surcharge of £35. Turner received a fine of £300 and was ordered to pay costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £30.
Both traders, who have no connection with one another, were caught trying to dispose of trade waste at the Rotherwas recycling centre, which is for domestic users only, in an effort to avoid paying for the proper disposal of the waste.
Councillor David Harlow, cabinet member economy & corporate services, said “Household recycling centres may only be used by residents in Herefordshire wishing to dispose of their own household waste. The unlawful disposal of waste and fly tipping cost council taxpayers tens of thousands of pounds each year. Businesses do this to avoid the cost of disposing of their waste lawfully and anyone found to be doing this will be prosecuted.”
The Environmental Health & Trading Standards service will investigate traders for fly tipping and anyone seeing a fly tip should report it via the council website or by phoning 01432 261761.