Local man prosecuted following flytip discovery in Star Lane

Published Monday, 11 February 2019

An Orpington resident has been prosecuted after a discovery that a large amount of waste had been dumped on Star Lane, Orpington.

The resident, David Taylor of Hearns Road, appeared in court and pled guilty to a charge of failing in his duty of care for the safe management of waste under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. The defendant was ordered to pay costs and fines totalling £796 in Bromley Magistrates Court. Householders are again being reminded to check that the individual removing waste from their property is a licenced waste carrier.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said “We all need to do what we can to prevent flytipping and part of this is to check that the person you are entrusting is a licensed waste carrier and is bonafide. The duty of care legislation is in place to protect both our  health and the environment. We are all accountable for our own actions, regardless of whether it relates to you as an individual or your businesses. This is why it is so important to ensure each time waste is removed, that the person is authorised to remove waste and if you operate a business, remember you will also need a waste transfer note to prove its legitimacy.  Otherwise, the council will prosecute and whilst prosecution remains a last resort, we do this to keep our streets clean, with flytipping incidents always investigated”.

The prosecution, part of the council’s anti-flytip ‘We’re Watching You’ initiative, followed a discovery of a large quantity of waste spread along the length of Star Lane, Orpington in November 2018. The investigation revealed items in the flytipped waste which were traced to the defendant.  Mr Taylor confirmed he recently had waste removed from his property and agreed to pay an unknown male a fee of £120 as it was cheaper than the cost of a skip.  Mr Taylor admitted he did not check whether the male held a waste carrier licence, nor did he obtain a receipt as proof of payment, with prosecution following.

For more information on how to report flytipping, including how to check if someone is a licensed waste carrier, go to https://www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime


Editor’s notes: The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 30 January 2019. David Taylor pled guilty to a Section 34 offence of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and was ordered to pay fines of £307, costs of £458 plus £31 court surcharge.

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