Check your paperwork or face a fine - that’s the message from East Hampshire District Council to waste carriers after a fly-tip in Alton led to a conviction in court.
Ben Chapman, of The Chantry, Farnham, pleaded guilty to not carrying the proper paperwork needed to handle and dispose of waste.
Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard that Chapman (32) has been contracted to remove waste from a home renovation in April 2017. The waste was found in early May dumped in a field at Scaifs Farm, Alton.
An investigation by East Hampshire District Council found evidence connecting the waste first to the contractor and subsequently to Chapman.
In court he argued that he had not fly-tipped the waste but had instead transferred it on to others. However, he admitted that he did not have the correct papers to prove the transfer had taken place, an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Magistrates fined Chapman £180 and ordered him to pay costs of £150 and a Victim Surcharge of £30.
Cllr Ingrid Thomas, of East Hampshire District Council, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our beautiful countryside and we take it very seriously.
“That is why we are committed to investigating fly-tips and associated offences. Waste carriers and people who employ them must be very careful to check they have the proper paperwork to handle, dispose of or transfer waste.
“You may think you have passed waste on in good faith, but unless you have the paper-trail to prove it you are committing an offence.
“Dumping waste, which is often toxic or dangerous, is bad for the environment and damaging to wildlife.”