Saturday, 20 July 2019

Man ordered to pay £1,000 for waste offences

A WARGRAVE man has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for failing to correctly dispose of waste which he collected.

Ricky Benham, 44, of Victoria Road, was convicted at Reading Magistrates’ Court after failing to dispose of waste left in a skip in March last year.

The court heard that the waste, including suitcases, a radiator and parts of a wardrobe, came from a homeowner who hired a skip from Benham, who was then running a business called RB Skip. He had been paid £180 to collect the skip and dispose of the waste but it was later found dumped in a street in Wokingham.

Benham denied dumping it there but failed to explain how he had arranged for its correct disposal. He pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the Environmental Protection Act and failing to register as a carrier of controlled waste before transporting it. He was fined £500 and ordered to pay £30 in surcharges and £500 in costs.

Bracknell Forest councillor Iain McCracken, chairman of the joint public protection committee, said: “The duty of care with waste applies to everybody and a breach can be very serious as shown by the penalty in this case. It is important to ensure that anybody who takes your waste away is licensed to carry waste and that you get appropriate documentation.”

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