A professional waste carrier has been convicted of causing fly-tipping on Castle Hill in Wokingham, after failing to ensure that a third party he’d employed had legally disposed of the waste on his behalf.
Reading Magistrates heard on 13 April how Carl Davies, 25, of Chertsey Bridge Road, Chertsey, had been hired by a pensioner in Ashford, Middlesex, in October last year, to remove household waste from that property.
The items included a double divan bed, mattress, wheelchair, commode, toilet seat, folding doors and wood. This was found by a PCSO dumped on Castle Hill, a few days later, who discovered paperwork within it leading the Wokingham Borough Council investigation team to the pensioner, and ultimately Davies.
Davies is a registered waste carrier, the court heard, who sometimes contracts out his work. On this occasion he said he employed a friend to dispose of the pensioner’s waste. In mitigation, he claimed that he usually disposes of waste correctly.
He pleaded guilty in court to the charge of failing in his duty of care as a registered waste carrier, when he transferred the work to his friend, by not taking the necessary steps and measures to prevent a fly tipping offence.
Davies was fined £600, ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge, and £777.60 in costs.
If you see fly-tipping in the Wokingham Borough please report it via our website.