Looking for a cheap ‘tip run’? Check twice.

Forest of Dean District Council has prosecuted an individual for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Sid Phelps, Cabinet Member for Environment says: "The conviction for the individual shows the risk in not exercising one's duty of care when getting rid of your waste. Never give your rubbish to someone else without checking that they are duly authorised to take it. This sends out a strong message that the Council will do everything in its powers to track down and prosecute offenders of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping resulted in roughly £45,000 annual costs to the Council last year."

On or about the 24th January 2019 in Brierley, Gloucestershire, the defendant failed to ensure that the person he paid to take away his rubbish was a licensed carrier,  this is contrary to Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Those unknown, unlicensed persons then proceeded to fly tip the rubbish in Brierley. Forestry England provided information to the Street Wardens at the Council, who with the assistance of the Counter Fraud unit conducted an investigation into the offence and were able to trace the origin of the rubbish back to the defendant.

The Forest of Dean resident was convicted and given a conditional discharge at Cheltenham Magistrates Court. He was also ordered to pay costs of £540 along with a Victim Surcharge of £20.

Damion Collins, Street Warden Team Leader says: “We investigate hundreds of flytips per year, working in conjunction with the Counter Fraud unit and Forestry England to catch the offenders that commit the offence and deter future offences.”

The prosecution was undertaken by the Council’s Legal team, assisted by the Council’s Counter Fraud Unit (CFU). Members of the public can contact the team with any concerns about criminal activity or suspected fraud by contacting the CFU by email at fraud.referrals@cotswold.gov.uk. Members of the public can also report any concerns regarding fly tipping to Street.Wardens@fdean.gov.uk

You can check whether a business is registered to carry waste here: https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

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