Illegally dumped waste leads to prosecution

Watford Borough Council successfully prosecutes Hertfordshire resident for not ensuring his unwanted rubbish was properly disposed of.

Published: Thursday, 9th November 2017

A Hertfordshire resident is counting the cost of not making sure his rubbish was properly disposed of following an investigation into illegally dumped waste by Watford Borough Council.

Mr Shahjahan Ali of St Albans recently pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates Court of paying someone to take away a number of unwanted items from his home without checking that they had the proper waste disposal license. 

Mr Ali’s rubbish ended up in a fly tip on private land in Watford and, following a thorough investigation by Watford Borough Council’s environmental crime team, he was identified as the owner. Mr Ali was prosecuted under environmental legislation, which makes clear people are breaking the law if they don’t use a properly registered person, or company, to dispose of their unwanted household waste. He was fined £600 for his actions and over £1,200 costs were awarded against him. He also received a criminal record.

Commenting on the case, Councillor Karen Collett, Cabinet Member for Community, said:

“This is a real warning to everyone that Watford won’t put up with people who think they can litter our town with their unwanted rubbish. As a council we take illegal dumping of waste very seriously and will prosecute when we find out who is responsible. The message is clear, whether it’s your day to day rubbish or larger one-off items, if they aren’t disposed of legally you are breaking the law and you could soon find yourself with a hefty fine and a criminal record.”

Anyone paying someone to get rid of their waste shouldn’t just take the collector’s word that they are operating legally, even if they appear to be a legitimate building or skip company. You can check if someone is a legal licensed waste carrier through the Watford Borough Council website:

Advice on getting rid of your household waste is available from the council’s environmental services partner, Veolia, on 0203 567 6900.

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