A rogue trader has been fined and ordered to pay costs to Wealden District Council for ignoring rules on waste disposal by fly tipping in country lanes.
Eastbourne Magistrates Court fined Jamie Tanner, 23, formerly of Hailsham, £300 and ordered him to pay costs of £350 for various offences relating to waste, including fly tipping. A victim surcharge of £20 was also imposed by the court.
During 2014, Mr Tanner carried controlled waste on numerous occasions without registering either with the Environment Agency as a waste carrier or with the Council as a scrap metal dealer.
Further to this, he failed to ensure the correct paperwork was issued to customers. When paying a third party to remove waste of his own, he failed to ensure this was transferred to someone authorised to carry waste which resulted in it being fly tipped near Hankham.
On a further occasion in November 2014, a fly tip of 14 bags of rubble appeared at Sayerland Lane in Polegate. Investigations by the Council’s Street Scene Team led to Mr Tanner, who had been paid to dispose of the waste but chose to fly tip it instead.
Magistrates took into account Mr Tanner’s early guilty plea when sentencing him.
“This is a typical case of a rogue trader operating in the waste industry,” said Councillor Ann Newton, Cabinet member with responsibility for countryside protection.
“The culprit took money from people to dispose of their waste but decided it was more profitable to despoil the countryside instead. The only way we can stop this from happening is by making sure it isn’t.
“Rules are in place which make it difficult for such people to operate.
“I would urge everyone who cares about our beautiful Wealden countryside to check that operators taking away waste from your home, business or development have a proper Waste Carriers Licence. These are issued by the Environment Agency and carry its logo.”
Kelvin Williams. Wealden’s head of Planning and Environmental Protection, added: “We are getting tough on fly tipping and will prosecute whenever we can, so please help us to protect our countryside.”
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