It’s probably the last thing on your mind when you have work done to your home, but did you know that failing to check if your tradesman has a Waste Carrier licence could end in you being prosecuted?

Roman Golen was prosecuted and fined £1347.50 after tarmac from his drive was dumped in Sunnyhill Park. Admitting the offence, Mr Golen explained that after being approached, he had paid cash to two young men to clear the old tarmac on his drive.

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, Mr Golen had a responsibility to ensure that the people he employed to remove the old tarmac from his property, were covered by a Waste Carrier licence. However, the two young men weren’t covered and proceeded to take several trips between Mr Golen’s property and Sunnyhill Park using a wheelbarrow to transport and dump the tarmac. The waste, which was discovered by Council Parks Officers had been abandoned just meters from a pedestrian entrance to the park near Caxton Street.

Appearing in court on the 30th of August, Mr Golen was sentenced for failing in his duty of care in the disposal of waste. The total fine of £1347.50 comprised of:

  • £230 fine
  • £30.00 surcharge
  • £587.50 compensation
  • £500 costs

The £587.50 compensation was added to the sentence because the waste had been dumped in an area that made it difficult and time consuming to clear, further spoiling the park for nearby residents.

Councillor Matthew Holmes, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Public Protection commented:

“When people don’t take their responsibilities seriously, it means that green spaces and neighbourhoods in our city are spoilt and residents can’t enjoy them. By not using a licensed waste carrier, Mr Golen has cost himself significantly more in fines than if he’d employed a licensed carrier.”

Anyone that transports waste as part of their trade, to make money or even as a volunteer for charity must be registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency. In addition, tradesmen transporting building, demolition or refurbishment rubbish they have created themselves must also be registered as a waste carrier. You can check if someone is licenced to transport waste on the Environment Agency website.