Prosecuted for fly-tipped food waste

Published Thursday, 6 February 2020

A local business woman has been prosecuted after numerous black rubbish bags filled with food waste were dumped in a skip another business had hired.

Fikriye Halil of Ebury Close Keston, appeared at Bromley Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to being the person in charge of the motor vehicle involved in the fly-tipping incident under Section 33(5) Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was ordered to pay a total of £1198 in fines and costs.

“This prosecution sends out a strong warning that anyone with a motor vehicle belonging to them which is then used to fly-tip whether they knew about it or not, is guilty of an offence. Everyone, including businesses, has a duty of care to dispose of their waste legally and responsibly, without being hazardous to health or harming the environment.” said Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement.

Councillor Lymer added “Your evidence may enable us to prosecute and we will give a reward of up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme as a ‘thank you’ as in this case. Prosecution is always a last resort for us but sometimes there is no other option.”

The fly-tipping incident was also caught on CCTV and was reported to the Council the same day, 21 May 2019. Investigations revealed that two males in a car registered to Fikriye Halil, dumped twelve black bags of food waste in the skip in the early hours of the morning. As the males couldn’t be identified or traced and as the vehicle was registered to Ms Halil and therefore her responsibility, prosecution followed.

Businesses need to deal with their waste responsibly and may either arrange for the Council to collect and dispose of it, or someone else. Unregistered Environment Agency individuals and companies should never be used as they are likely to dump the waste to avoid paying disposal costs. Any fly-tipped waste that is traced back to the business could result in a substantial fine.

Anyone witnessing an envirocrime such as fly-tipping taking place is advised to call the police straightaway and report the details to the Council at www.bromley.gov.uk/envirocrime. As a ‘thank you’, up to £500 from the Envirocrime Reward Scheme is available to anyone whose evidence is used to successfully prosecute offenders.

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.

For more information and advice on all types of waste disposal including trade or business waste, visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews.

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Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 29 January 2020. 
  • Fikriye Halil pleaded guilty to being the person to control the use of the vehicle involved in the fly-tipping incident under section 33 (5) Environmental Protection Act 1990.
  • She was ordered to pay a fine of £733, costs of £458 plus £73 surcharge.
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