Unlawful disposal of waste leads to unwanted Christmas present

21 December 2012

Building waste found on a farm in Milton has led to a Cambridge man being handed a 12-month conditional discharge just before Christmas.

Mr Siju Philip, 44, of Violet Close, Cambridge, pleaded guilty at Cambridge Magistrates Court for failing in his duty of care to ensure that his waste was disposed of lawfully after refurbishment was carried out at his home.

Cambridge Magistrates’ Court heard how South Cambridgeshire District Council investigators tracked waste dumped on farmland near Mere Way, Milton, back to Mr Philip who admitted giving the waste to an unauthorised waste carrier.

He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and ordered to pay the Council’s costs of £565.

Council chiefs are reminding residents to check anyone who you employ to dispose of waste is a licensed trader. Please visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers. You can also telephone 08708 506 506.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s cabinet member for environmental services, said: “We have a number of ways of tracking down where waste has come from and if you dump waste we could be knocking on your door very quickly. This case highlights how you need to be aware of who you give your waste to as you could face a fine and even prison this Christmas if you don’t. Please remember that if someone calls at your door offering to take your waste away check they are eligible to do so. If waste from your home is dumped in the countryside you are responsible and will face the penalty.”

If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999. To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 063, or email chris.bradley@scambs.gov.uk