Barnstaple man successfully prosecuted over trade waste offence

Barnstaple magistrates court

Posted on: 20 January 2017

The owner of a Barnstaple car sales company has been ordered to pay more than £1,700 following a trade waste offence.

Alex West, 38, of Bickington Road, pleaded guilty to the ‘duty of care’ offence, having had no trade waste agreement in place to dispose of waste from the business.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive Member for the Environment, says: “Trade waste must not be disposed of as domestic waste.  Businesses are legally required to ensure that all waste removed from their premises is only handled by a registered contractor who is authorised to collect, transfer, recycle or dispose of it safely. This prosecution sends a clear message to others that if we find that businesses are not complying with these regulations, we will investigate and take action to prosecute offenders who are committing offences which have a detrimental effect on the environment.”

On Thursday 12 January, at North and East Devon Magistrates Court, Mr West was fined £1,080, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £108.  Also, he was ordered to pay the council’s costs of £546.

To report a littering, flytipping or other environmental offence, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk or phone 01271 388870.  You can also report incidents on the council’s website, http://www.northdevon.gov.uk/do-it-online/report-it/report-flytipping/.

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