Firm fined for dumping South Tyneside rubbish on public right of way

The dumped rubbish
The dumped rubbish

Rubbish which people in South Tyneside had arranged to be taken away was found dumped on a public right of way.

The waste was dumped on a path used by walkers and cyclists in the Leam Lane area of Gateshead earlier this year after being collected by ACC House and Rubbish Removals Ltd of Washington.

Magistrates in Gateshead heard officers from the council’s environmental enforcement team launched an investigation and traced the rubbish back to addresses in South Tyneside.

The residents confirmed that their rubbish had been collected by the firm.

Casey Embleton, of Pendle Close, Washington, a director of the firm, was then contacted so he could give his account on how the waste his company had collected had come to be fly-tipped.

However, despite repeated invitations and requests, he declined to respond to any correspondence from the council.

He also failed to produce either the official documentation relating to his licence to carry waste or the waste transfer notes he is required by law both to keep and produce on request.

As a result, the council took Mr Embleton to court charged with failing to produce waste transfer notices and failing to produce a waste carrier’s licence.

Magistrates fined him £1,500 for each of the two charges and ordered him to pay £200 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.

Embleton failed to attend court and was found guilty in his absence.

Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for development, transport and public protection, said: “If you are disposing of waste, please make sure the tradesman or rubbish collection company you employ is going to dispose of it responsibly.”