Residents and traders are being reminded to only employ registered waster carriers to remove their rubbish or unwanted goods.
A plumber, Mr Sergo Gvelesiani of SG Building and Heating Ltd registered to him at Pembroke Road, Bromley, has been prosecuted for fly-tipping offences as part of the council’s successful ‘We’re watching you’ anti fly-tip initiative. He was held jointly and severally liable, along with the company, and ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1787 at Bromley Magistrates Court last week. The news follows an investigation into his involvement in two separate fly-tipping offences under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The first incident, on Monday 25 July 2018, saw a council enforcement officer responding to a fly-tipping report about Kangley Bridge Road, London, SE26, where around 20 black bags were found filled with bricks, broken tiles and wood dumped in the street. The council officer found details of the person who had employed the plumber among the rubbish and although attempts to contact the plumber were made, he failed to fully comply with the investigations.
Another report of fly-tipping on Kangley Bridge Road was received on Wednesday 5 September 2018. After a visit from a council enforcement officer they found around 30 black bags filled with plaster board, broken tiles, wood, and decorating and household waste. Similarly, the investigating officer was able to locate personal details among the rubbish which directed the investigation that ultimately led back to the same plumber for a second time. On both occasions, the details that were found at the scene were those of the people who had employed the plumber to carry out works for them.
“Ensuring prosecutions follow successful investigations is very much part of the work we are doing to prevent fly-tipping. Dumped rubbish and enviro-crimes of this kind are totally unacceptable and can be especially dangerous for drivers, and the health of residents and wildlife in the local area. Apart from being a crime that is costly for council tax payers, who ultimately, end up paying the bill for removal, fly-tipping is a crime that is lazy, inconsiderate, and disrespectful to everybody who calls Bromley their home. We urge residents to always check to see if they’re employing registered waste carriers to carry out works for them, otherwise they may find themselves liable if their waste ends up littering our streets” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.
Residents and businesses must check each time that the person removing their unwanted goods or waste is a registered Environment Agency waste carrier. Registered waste carriers will be able to provide a registration number, or certificate which residents should check on a live database for authenticity. They should also obtain a waste transfer note as proof of what the waste is and where it is going.
Non-registered companies and individuals are likely to dump the waste to avoid paying disposal costs. This means residents could face a substantial fine if the fly-tipped waste is traced back to them.
The council is working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance, ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign and ‘stop and search’ operations. They may also issue FPNs, prosecute offenders and seize vehicles from those involved in fly-tipping and unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers.
To find or check waste carriers search www.bromley.gov.uk/wastecarriers or call the Environment Agency hotline on 03708 506 506. For more information and advice on all types of waste disposal, visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews.
Notes to editors:
Mr Sergo Gvelesiani attended Bromley Magistrates Court on Wednesday 28 August 2019 and was ordered to pay a £1,000 fine plus £100 surcharge and £687 in costs.
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