Roofer fined for fly tipped waste

The owner of a roofing business has been ordered to pay £1,809 by Chesterfield Magistrates Court after waste was found fly tipped in Stainsby which was traced back to his business.

Steven Buttery of Highland Drive, Sutton-in-Ashfield pleaded guilty at Chesterfield Magistrate’s Court to an offence of failing to prevent the escape of his waste from his control.

Roofing waste from his business was found deposited at a rural location in Stainsby and evidence was retrieved from the waste by a one of our Enforcement Officers.

When Mr Buttery failed to attend the initial court hearing a warrant was issued by the Court for his arrest. Mr Buttery was arrested in April 2021 and at a further hearing on the 7 May 2021 he pleaded guilty to the offence.

At the sentencing hearing in July 2021, he was fined a total of £520, and ordered to pay £1,289 in costs to the Council.

Cabinet Member for Environmental Health Councillor Deborah Watson said, “Fly tipping blights our communities and countryside. Wherever we can gather evidence linking fly tipping back to offenders or businesses, we will take the appropriate legal action. Every time a business moves waste it’s important they keep records of what type of waste they disposed of and who they gave it to!

“Hopefully this outcome will serve as a warning and encourage all businesses to dispose of their waste properly and through licensed waste disposal sites and use registered waste carriers.”

Businesses and householders have a duty of care towards waste they produce and are required by the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to prevent the escape of the waste from their control and to prevent fly tipping of that waste. They are also required to ensure they only transfer waste to a registered waste carrier or in relation to household waste, the Council’s routine waste collection services.

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