Rogue waste carrier lands builder in court

Rakesh Chandra Vyas, 55, of Purley Way, Whaddon, Croydon, pleaded guilty at High Wycombe Magistrates' Court on 9 January 2019 to failing in his duty of care over waste which was dumped illegally on on the site of an illegal encampment at Sutton Lane, near Richings Park, Bucks, in March 2018.

The court heard that on 7 March 2018, an investigator from the Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire examined several deposits of illegally dumped waste in a swimming pool at a private property in Sutton Lane.  The waste investigator found details in the dumped material which were later traced to work carried out by Rakesh Vyas at a property in Sutton, South London.

Vyas was interviewed at the offices of the London Borough of Croydon.  He denied dumping the waste but did admit that it had come from work he had carried out as a sole trader on a house extension at Sutton.  He said that he had not personally been on site, but that he had arranged for a waste carrier to pick waste up and that he had left money for payment.

Vyas provided two telephone numbers for the waste carrier who he knew only as 'Michael'.  He said he paid Michael £210 in cash.  Vyas acknowledged at interview that even if Michael could be found, there would be no evidence to prove any connection with the waste as no record of the transaction had been kept.

When sentencing, the Magistrates took into account the fact that Vyas had been declared bankrupt. He was fined £200 for failure in his duty of care over the waste and ordered to pay £840 towards clean-up costs.

A victim surcharge of £30 was also ordered against his company - making a total to pay of £1,070.

The requirements for disposing of commercial waste can be checked on the government website: www.gov.uk/managing-your-waste-an-overview

The Waste Partnership for Buckinghamshire launched its SCRAP Flytipping campaign in August 2018, which urges anyone- individuals or businesses- to ensure that they act on their legal duty of care to ensure that anyone who takes their waste away is registered and bona fide.

Since November 2003, the Waste Partnership has secured over 690 fly tipping convictions and a resulting significant saving to the Buckinghamshire taxpayer, principally through costs imposed by the court to cover removal and disposal costs. In Buckinghamshire fly tippers are 16 times more likely to be successfully prosecuted than in England as a whole. 

Illegal dumping can be reported at www.fixmystreet.buckscc.gov.uk