Another Fly-Tipper Caught and Fined in Excess of £2400

A Kensworth man has been fined over £2,400, after an extensive investigation into two fly-tipping incidents. 

Thomas Tyler was found guilty of failing in his duty of care in the correct disposal of waste at Luton Magistrates’ Court. Mr Tyler, who also lives in Kensworth, had previously denied dumping the waste.

The large quantity of fly-tipped waste was made up of a carpet, several mattresses, building materials, PVC windows, bathroom units, building insulation, a gas boiler, and black sacks. These were found dumped on a farmer’s land on Watling Street and on Clayhall Road in Kensworth.

Mr Tyler had collected waste from two separate properties for money. Despite being paid, on both occasions, he failed to ensure that the waste was transferred to a legal waste disposal site or to a legal waste carrier. This failure in Mr Tyler’s duty of care led to the waste then being fly-tipped by an unknown third party.

After he failed to attend his first court case in December, a warrant was issued for his arrest. Mr Tyler finally attended court on 26 September 2018 and pleaded guilty to two charges*.

Mr Tyler was fined £200, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, as well as costs of £1,530 to Central Bedfordshire Council and £660 compensation to the farmer to cover the costs of clearing the waste from the farmland. This meant an overall fine of £2,420.

Charges were brought under Section 34(1) of the Environment Act 1990 – failed duty of care in respect of waste.




Councillor Budge Wells, Deputy Executive Member for Community Services at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “We urge all businesses and residents to check that those offering to take your waste away do have a valid waste carriers’ license and that they issue you with the correct documentation, otherwise you may just see it dumped around the corner of your village.

“There’s a number of unscrupulous people offering to take unwanted items away, often posting ads on social media, and then dumping it in back lanes and in rural areas. This case shows that we will fine those who get paid to take waste away but who then fail to ensure it is properly disposed of."




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