A man has been fined £200 for failing to check the license of someone he paid to remove his waste, which ended up being illegally dumped.

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A man has been fined £200 and ordered to pay Swale Borough Council £313 in costs for failing to failing to comply with a duty to prevent any contravention by another person.

Mr Sean Barrett, 45, from Leysdown Road on the Isle of Sheppey attended Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, September 8, and pleaded guilty to paying someone to unlawfully dispose of his rubbish.

The court heard how on March 28, a report of flytipping at Shellness Road, Leysdown-on-sea was received by Swale Borough Council.

The waste was examined by Council Street Wardens and was found to be comprising of approximately 35 black sacks, cardbox boxes, cans and bottles.

Further investigation of the of the matter revealed that the waste belonged to the George and Dragon Public House in the High Street, Sittingbourne.

On April 8, Mr Barrett contacted the council stated that he was the person who had organised for the waste to be removed.

On May 10, Mr Barrett was interviewed under caution at Swale House by environmental enforcement officers Mr Michael Moss and Ms Julie Badcock.

During the interview, Mr Barrett admitted that he had paid someone £150 to remove the waste from the rear of the Public House.

Mr Barrett also admitted that he was aware that such disposal of controlled waste required a waste management licence and admitted that he had not made sufficient enquiries to that effect and therefore in contravention of Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The justices took into account the defendant’s remorse and the fact that he had pleaded guilty at the first opportunity.

Alister Andrews, Swale Borough Council’s environmental response team manager, said: “This sends out a strong message to people.

“It is extremely important to make sure you know who is taking your waste away and not to cut corners by failing to comply with this duty.

“In this case the defendant’s actions led to a significant amount of rubbish being flytipped at a remote location.

“We have listened to our residents who have told us that environmental crime such as flytipping is a big priority for them.

“In Swale we have successfully reduced fly tipping for the past three years. We are committed to continue this good work and make Swale a cleaner and greener place for all.”

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