The director of a small building company has been fined £1,000 for calling “some guys” to remove the waste from a property refurbishment his company was undertaking – without ensuring they had a legitimate waste license.
Alessandro Raffaele Annicchiarico, aged 47, of Alma Road, St Albans, pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court on Monday after a successful prosecution by Watford Borough Council.
The council became aware of Annicchiarico after four illegal flytips in a private skip in a car park at Belfry Business Park in Colonial Way, Watford. Waste dumped there between 6 and 16 December, 2013, included hardwearing sacks, latex flooring, building materials and construction type waste. After a thorough search, a council officer found evidence relating to a property in London.
The person who lived there had recently had their home refurbished by a firm of building contractors called Love Home Property Limited which was run by Annicchiarico. The home owner paid the company, for skip hire and the removal of all bulky waste. The council interviewed Annicchiarico under caution on Monday 21 July, 2014. He admitted that he would, in fact, let the waste build up in the front garden of the property before phoning “some guys” to clear it.
Annicchiarico did not check if the “guys” had being issued with a waste carrier’s license by the Environment Agency – which he was legally obliged to do. Neither did he obtain any waste transfer notes – which shows what the waste is, where it is going, where from and who the waste carrier is – from them. Under law, these details must be kept by businesses for at least two years. Annicchiarico could provide no record of or details about the people who had taken away his firm’s waste.
He was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £866.35 costs and a £100 victim surcharge after pleading guilty to failing to prevent flytipping.
Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: “Flytipping is a criminal activity that can seriously pollute the environment and put human health at risk. It’s also a downright nuisance and costs this council alone tens of thousands of pounds a year to dispose of. Don’t end up like Annicchiarico – always ensure your waste is disposed of responsibly and in the legal and appropriate manner.”
The council’s action against flytippers helps ensure legitimate businesses licensed by the Environment Agency do not lose out to illegal waste collectors that undercut their prices by operating outside of the law.
Councillor Peter Taylor, Portfolio Holder for Community and Customer Services, said: “This business was trying to make a fast buck at the expense of Watford taxpayers, the customer whose home was being refurbished and affected businesses responsible for clearance. It's just not on for unscrupulous firms to dump rubbish and expect the rest of us to pay for it to be cleared up. We will prosecute firms that do this but support the vast majority of responsible companies that dispose of their waste correctly."
If you witness flytipping taking place, call the police on 999 and give as much detail as possible.