Skip firm pays price of waste con

A skip hire company owner who was conned by a rogue waste haulier has been hit with a £25,000 bill after his rubbish was fly-tipped at four sites in Essex. Robert Walker, of Bob’s Skips in Basildon, failed to check the legitimacy of a haulier who cold called his premises looking for a backload.

Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard how Walker had asked for waste transfer notices, but made no further enquiries about the haulier’s company and failed to notice the forms weren’t filled in properly. He had no idea where the waste was being taken, nor did he check it had arrived at its destination. Due to inaccurate paperwork, the lorry and driver have not been traced.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Sarah Dunne said Walker had been reckless and breached the duty of care he had when managing waste. Walker admitted breaching the Environmental Protection Act and was fined £10,000, ordered to pay £8,300 towards the costs of the clean-up of the dumped waste, and £6,532 in costs. There was also a £30 victim surcharge.

Environment Agency officer Tom Pickover said: “We hope this sends out a clear message to waste operators that they cannot take a cavalier approach to its disposal.

“The duty of care rules are there to protect the environment and legitimate traders who want to do a good job of disposing of waste properly.”

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CEG Packaging 'not fit to hold an O-licence'

An operator with a history of failing to comply with licence undertakings has had an application refused after a deputy traffic commissioner (TC) said he had not accepted his responsibilities.

North West area deputy TC Jayne Salt said CEG Packaging was not fit to hold a licence for two HGVs after she heard evidence of how director Colin Graham was previously director of a firm called Grahams Cartons, which faced a public inquiry (PI) in 2008.

At the time, Graham had failed to apply for a new licence when he changed the entity of the business from a sole trader to a limited company.

It meant Graham had been MD of a company operating vehicles without a licence for four years. Then in 2013 the company received a strong warning following an unsatisfactory maintenance investigation.

Grahams Cartons entered administration in 2018 and CEG Packaging then took over the business. However, the administration was not notified to the TC and the applicant continued using vehicles authorised on the previous business’s licence.

At a Golborne PI, Graham conceded that there had been a history of failing to correspond with the TC’s office and it was because he was “not good at administration” .

The TC said: “I am not confident that the applicant can be trusted to act compliantly in future because the director has shown insufficient understanding of the need to take personal responsibility for compliance.”

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