Illegal waste transporter fined after sting operation | Sevenoaks District Council
Disruption to some website and telephone services - Saturday 23 January

On Saturday, we're carrying out works our electrical systems and during the day, some of our website and telephone services will not be available...

Find out more...

Illegal waste transporter fined after sting operation

Published: Monday, 14th December 2020

An illegal waste carrier has been order to pay £437 by Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court following a joint operation by the Council and Police.

Fifty-nine year old Robert Collins of 10 Lionel Road, Erith pleaded guilty to transporting waste without a transfer notice at the court hearing on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

Mr Collins was stopped at the Co-Op petrol station in Swanley by Sevenoaks District Council and the Police on 31 October 2018. They found a large pile of waste, consisting mainly of old fire extinguishers, in the back of Mr Collins’ van.

Mr Collins admitted he did not have a waste carrier’s licence or a transfer note and was cautioned and handed an on-the-spot fine by the Council.

However, Mr Collins did not pay the fine and was summoned to attend Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on 7 June 2019. Mr Collins failed to appear at court.

Undeterred, the Council successfully brought Mr Collins before the court on 9 December 2020.

At Court, Mr Collins pleaded guilty to a charge of transporting waste without a waste transfer notice. Mr Collins, who is currently unemployed, was ordered to pay a £320 fine, £85 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge. The Court was clear that this was a serious offence and the fine would have been higher had Mr Collins been in work.

The Council’s Cabinet Member for ‘Cleaner and Greener’, Cllr Margot McArthur, says: “Our dedicated fly-tipping investigation team work on a number of fronts to protect our District, including preventative operations such as this.”

“Although it may be tempting to hire a cheap waste removal contractor, it is the responsibility of businesses and residents to check that the collector has a waste carrier’s license. Failing to do so could result in the rubbish being fly-tipped in our District.”

To check if a removal service has a license, call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506 and ask for a free instant Waste Carrier Validation Check, alternatively check online at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.

To report a case of fly-tipping, visit www.sevenoaks.gov.uk/flytipping or call 01732 227000.

Back to top