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Sheppey man pleads guilty to waste offences

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Monday 14 January

Sheppey man pleads guilty to waste offences

A man from Sheppey has pleaded guilty to waste offences.

Lee Jacobs, 50, of Cheyne Road, Eastchurch, Sheerness has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1040 by Medway Magistrates’ Court for transporting controlled waste when he was not registered as a waste carrier and failing to have waste transfer notices.

On 10th January 2019 the Magistrates heard that Swale Borough Council, as part of its waste crimes initiative, had carried out a joint operation with Kent Police targeting those who were committing waste offences in the area.

Officers stopped a flatbed truck on 20th June 2018 travelling along Old Ferry Road, Sheerness which was carrying scrap metal. The vehicle was driven by Mr Jacobs.  Officers requested to see Mr Jacobs’ waste carriers licence and waste transfer notes.  Despite these being legal requirements Mr Jacobs had neither.    

At court Mr Jacobs pleaded guilty to the offences. He was fined £400 for carrying waste without a waste carriers license and £400 for failing to produce the required waste transfer notices. He was also ordered to pay £200 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.

Cllr David Simmons, cabinet member for environment and rural affairs at the council, said:

“If you are a commercial enterprise and you are transporting waste, it is a legal requirement to have the correct paperwork, and you will be fined for not doing so when caught. But as well as taking action to catch those who fly-tip, we are urging people who need to get rid of waste to do their part. Anyone who takes away waste must have a licence. Simply ask to see it, and if they can’t show one, find someone who does. If you don’t, and the waste is found dumped, you could be prosecuted as well.”

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506. A new Fixed Penalty Notice for householders is now in force as of this month (January 2019.) Anyone who fails to check that their waste carrier has a licence could be given a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice. For more information about fly-tipping, and what the council is doing to tackle it, visit www.swale.gov.uk/fly-tipping

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