Builder prosecuted for fly-tipped waste

Published Friday, 5 April 2019

A builder has been prosecuted for fly-tipped waste that was dumped near a skip in Croydon Road, Penge.

Georgi Markov of Portland Road SE25 admitted that he’d been working on a bathroom refurbishment and paid for the controlled waste to disposed of. He had passed it on to an unnamed individual without checking their credentials who had dumped the waste next to a skip to avoid paying disposal costs. He pleaded guilty to offences under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £672.

“It pays to check that your waste is going to a legitimate Environment Agency approved waste carrier each time, as this case highlights. The person needs to be authorised to remove waste and you should have a waste transfer note to prove it’s legitimate. Dumping waste on the highway for somebody else to clear up is unacceptable and we all have a Duty of Care, as individuals and businesses, to make sure that our actions don’t harm human health or the environment” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.

In January 2019, a council enforcement officer received a report that building waste had been fly-tipped on the highway next to a skip outside Croydon Road, Penge. Around 15 black bags containing rubble and other building materials, wood, boxes, plasterboard and paint pots had been illegally deposited.

Investigations revealed that builder Georgi Markov had been working at a property in Dulwich when he paid an unknown person £200 cash for the waste to be removed. Following his admission that he didn’t ask to see a waste carrier’s licence nor did he obtain a written description of the removed waste which was then subsequently fly-tipped, prosecution followed.

The news follows recent prosecutions including another builder for his part in a fly-tipping related offence in Star Lane, St Mary Cray. The council’s campaign, ‘Fly-tippers - we’re watching you’ aims to tackle all forms of fly-tipping – from a small bag of rubbish left on the street to a lorry load of construction waste dumped in a green space. The council uses a range of methods to find and deter fly-tippers including prosecution, Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs), CCTV surveillance, vehicle ‘stop and search’ operations and seizing vehicles from those known to be involved in fly-tipping and from those unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers.

All legitimate waste carriers carry an Environment Agency certificate of registration which traders and residents should ask to see before handing over their waste. A waste transfer note - a written description of the waste - must be provided which should be kept as proof of the transfer. By law, waste carriers must pay to dispose waste at a waste transfer station but unauthorised waste carriers may evade these costs by dumping it. Search or check for licensed waste carriers each time at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers.

Anyone witnessing fly-tipping or another envirocrime taking place is advised to call the police straightaway and report the details to the council at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime  including useful information such as a description of the offender, a vehicle registration or photo. As a ‘thank you’, up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme is available to anyone whose evidence is used to successfully prosecute offenders.

Report fly-tipping and dumped rubbish for removal only easily and quickly online at www.bromley.gov.uk/report. Dumped rubbish is cleared from the public highway by council contractors usually within five working days of being reported, depending on the quantity involved and location. In some instances, arrangements may need to be made for a special vehicle to remove large-scale fly-tips.

Residents and traders can find waste disposal options at www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews  or by calling 0300 303 8658.

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Notes to editors:

The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 27 March 2019. Georgi Markov pleaded guilty to offences under Section 34(1)(c)(i) and (ii) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was ordered to pay a fine of £184, costs of £458 plus £30 surcharge.

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