A duty of care applies to anybody who produces waste and hires a carrier to dispose of it. It is there so that waste is disposed of lawfully. If you try to cut costs and use an unregistered waste carrier you are taking a risk – if your waste is fly-tipped you may be fined. Here is an example of illegal dumping and what might happen…
Illegal Dumping Leads To Hefty Fines
3000 tonnes of ‘trommel fines’ were disposed of illegally on farmland. ‘Trommel fines’ is a widely known phrase that the waste industry use to describe material including stones, aggregates, glass and soil that arise from the treatment of waste. It can also contain other contaminants such as plasterboard.
The material originated from a licenced waste transfer station. The Environment Agency was alerted to the dumping when a member of the public saw a high number of lorries passing by, carrying what looked like waste. A number of parties were implicated; the landowner, the waste carrier and also the business that originally produced the waste. Hefty fines were given to all parties – totalling £20,000.
What should have been done differently?
- The landowner should never have allowed illegal material to be dumped on his land without having a valid permit.
- The waste carrier should have taken due diligence and ensured that the waste had been properly described and taken to an authorised facility.
- The waste transfer station should have ensured waste was managed in a compliant way.
Martlands Waste Management BurscoughYou are responsible to check how the business you choose deals with your waste. Don’t risk using an unlicensed waste carrier or you could face a fine if your waste ends up fly tipped. Martlands Waste Management is a licensed waste carrier servicing the Burscough area with skip hire and waste removal services. Don’t take a risk with waste removal: call us today on one of our regional numbers below.
Wigan Skip Hire 01942 417456
Bamber Bridge Skip Hire 01772 364 399
Sefton Skip Hire 0151 909 6399
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Litherland Skip Hire 0151 909 6399