West Bromwich householder fined £400 after rubbish dumped by "man with a van"
Published 7th October 2021
A West Bromwich woman who paid a “man with a van” to take away rubbish which was later dumped has been fined £400.
Sandwell Council’s Environmental Enforcement Officers came across the fly-tipped rubbish in Westminster Road, West Bromwich.
Evidence found among the black bags and wood linked the waste with an address – where the householder admitted paying someone they found on Gumtree £75 to dispose of their rubbish.
The unlicensed waste carrier dumped the rubbish a few streets away.
It’s the second £400 fixed penalty notice that Sandwell Council has issued in the past three weeks to someone for failing in their duty of care when employing a waste carrier.
Under the Householders Duty of Care, anyone paying someone to dispose of any waste must ensure they use a reputable business with a waste carriers licence.
Householders must also retain documents from the waste carrier which states the waste carrier’s name, address, waste carrier licence number, registration number, what they are collecting and where they are taking it to dispose of.
The woman whose rubbish was dumped did not have such documentation and she was ordered to pay a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice.
Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for environment Councillor Ahmad Bostan said: “This is yet another lesson to anyone using unlicensed waste carriers that you are risking a large fine if you do not dispose of your rubbish legally.
“Unfortunately, many people find someone online who offers to remove waste. However, they often don’t have a waste carrier licence, and they don’t give the householder the proper documents to show they are disposing of the waste legally.
“If a householder fails to comply with their responsibilities, they will receive a £400 FPN. It’s a high price to pay if you’ve already paid a dodgy individual money who then goes on to dump your rubbish.”
A £400 FPN is reduced to £200 if paid within 10 days.
Anyone who has any information on any of the fly-tipping offences should email Enviro_Enforcement@sandwell.gov.uk where information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
By law, householders are responsible for making sure the person who collects their waste is a licensed waste carrier.
Householders in Sandwell face a £400 fixed penalty notice in the following situations:
- where fly-tipped waste can be traced back to an individual who is found to have failed to take reasonable steps to ensure they transferred the waste to an authorised person
- where an unauthorised carrier is found to be carrying household waste that was directly transferred to them by the householder
- where an individual is found to have transferred their household waste to an unauthorised person at a site that does not have a permit or exemption.
To check if people are registered/licensed:
- ask to see their waste carrier’s certificate - they should show you the original copy
- do not use waste contractors that won’t show you this
- keep a record of their details in case they fly-tip your waste and it is traced back to you.
You can instantly check their waste carrier licence by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visiting the Environment Agency's public register.