Fly-tippers have been brought to justice with a successful prosecution on Thursday 14 June 2018 at Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court.
Abacus Employment Services Limited pleaded guilty to the offence of an unlawful deposit of controlled waste (commercial waste) found near the cenotaph in St Mary’s churchyard, Andover, and for neglecting to ensure they had a commercial waste contract. The offences took place in February 2018. Abacus Employment Services Limited was ordered to pay a fine, victim surcharge and prosecution costs totalling £3,090.
Environmental Portfolio Holder, Councillor Graham Stallard, said: “We will not tolerate fly-tipping in our borough and although this is not what one may consider a usual fly-tip, it is an unlawful deposit of waste in a sensitive location. We investigate all reports of fly-tipping and incidents will be taken through to prosecution with sufficient evidence.
“The Council is taking this opportunity to remind businesses that they have a duty to ensure that any waste they produce is handled safely and in accordance with the law. This ‘duty of care’ applies to anyone who produces, imports, carries, keeps, treats or disposes of controlled waste from business or industry or acts as a waste broker in this respect.”
Businesses must also make sure that anyone they pass their waste on to, such as a waste contractor, scrap metal merchant, recycler or skip hire company, is authorised to take it. The Council’s Environmental Service officers are authorised to check businesses to ensure they are disposing their waste appropriately. More information can be found on the Council’s website: www.testvalley.gov.uk/businesswaste.
My Test Valley allows issues such as fly-tipped waste to be reported to the Council quickly and easily. Issues can be reported by completing an online form www.testvalley.gov.uk/mytestvalley, downloading the My Test Valley app or by calling Test Valley Borough Council Customer Services on 01264 368000.
More than one million incidents of fly-tipping were dealt with by Councils in England in 2016-17, costing taxpayers £58m to clear up.