Watford Borough Council prosecutes man whose rubbish was found illegally dumped

Watford Borough Council has prosecuted a man whose rubbish was found illegally flytipped after he didn’t check whether the person he gave it to had a waste carrier’s licence...

Published: Tuesday, 27th November 2018

Watford Borough Council has prosecuted a man whose rubbish was found illegally flytipped after he didn’t check whether the person he gave it to had a waste carrier’s licence.

A large amount of domestic and building waste was found illegally dumped in North Watford Playing Fields in July 2017. The evidence found at the site linked some of the flytip to Jetendra Patel of Isleworth, Middlesex.

When interviewed under caution, Mr Patel admitted he had given the rubbish to a person who knocked at his door without checking if he was licensed to carry waste. On Monday 12 November 2018, Mr Patel then appeared before a district judge at St. Albans Magistrates Court where he pleaded ‘not guilty’. After hearing the evidence during the trial, the Judge found the case proved and sentenced Mr Patel to a fine of £500, a victim surcharge of £50, and ordered that a contribution towards prosecution costs assessed at £2,000 be paid.

Peter Taylor Elected Mayor of Watford said: “One of my top priorities to keep our town clean, safe and green. We won’t tolerate flytipping. This prosecution and others like it show that the council takes a zero tolerance approach. We all have a responsibility to dispose of our waste legally.”

“Everyone has a legal duty of care to ensure household or business waste is disposed of correctly. You can be prosecuted even if your waste is flytipped by someone else. Flytipping is an environmental hazard, creating mess and blighting communities. It can be linked to other criminal activity and last year cost the council more than £36,000 to clear up.”

Here are some ‘rubbish’ tips for residents:

  • if it's normal domestic waste, you can wait and keep it within your property for the next collection by the council if you miss one
  • you can take your rubbish to a local household recycling centre – here are two:
    • Waterdale, St Albans Road, Nr. Garston, Watford, WD25 0PR
    • Riverside Drive, Rickmansworth WD3 1FS
  • employ a waste carrier licensed by the Environment Agency. You can check online at environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers  and ring them on 03708 506 506.
  • the council has a comprehensive kerbside recycling scheme, plus a bulky waste collection service for residents, giving residents convenient ways to safely and legally dispose of their waste.

Anyone who sees someone flytipping should report it by calling 01923 278503 or via the ‘Report it’ link on the homepage of the council website.

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