Rubbish from the City, Laindon and Basildon was among 45 tonnes fly-tipped in the Epping Forest District by a rogue waste collector in February.
This month a skip hire boss who employed the rogue collector was ordered to pay nearly £25,000 for failing in his duty of care in checking the authenticity of the waste disposal firm.
Investigation by EFDC officers
The fly tip was reported to Epping Forest District Council on 26 February and investigated by one of our Environment and Neighbourhood Officers who found it consisted of builders’ and household waste and paperwork belonging to a City firm and people in Laindon and Basildon.
As this was a large scale fly tip in excess of 25 tonnes, we reported it to the Environment Agency who traced the waste back to a skip company in Basildon.
Removing the waste cost the Council £4,500 and some of that will be refunded from the money paid by the defendant.
Owner/operator Robert Walker of Bob’s Skips in Basildon, Essex, failed to check the legitimacy of a haulier who claimed to be working for a genuine haulage company.
Sarah Dunne, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, told magistrates that Walker arranged four disposals. The waste was later found fly tipped in four Essex locations, including North Weald.
She told the court that Walker had asked for waste transfer notices but made no further enquiries about the legitimacy of the company and failed to notice the forms were not completed properly.
He also had no idea where the waste was being taken nor did he check that it had arrived at its destination – all part of his duty of care.
Due to the inaccurate nature of the paperwork, it was not possible to trace the vehicle used to deposit the waste or the driver.
Clean up costs
Mrs Dunne said : “This unlawful waste disposal could have been prevented if the code of practice had been followed.
“By breaching his duty of care, he avoided the costs and taxes involved in sending waste to a permitted site.”
A spokesman for Epping Forest District Council said: “The duty of care rules are there to protect the environment and legitimate traders who want to do a good job of disposing of waste properly.
“We take fly tipping in our district very seriously and will diligently pursue all avenues to bring the culprits to justice.”
Walker was fined £10,000, ordered to pay £8,300 towards the costs of the clean-up of the fly-tipped rubbish and £6,532 in costs.