Fly-tippers fined for dumping waste in rural lanes

Two fly-tippers have been successfully prosecuted, for separate offences, during a hearing at St Albans Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 18 January 2023.

JXI Construction Ltd of New Bedford Road, Luton, pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste on Coles Lane, Flamstead. The court heard how on Sunday 14 August 2022, a person driving a sign-written Mercedes Sprinter van was caught on our covert cameras dumping a large pile of assorted waste containing cardboard, wood and black bags on the rural lane.

As part of the investigation, the company was traced but despite several attempts the company director failed to fully engage with officers, including failure to respond to a legal notice requesting details of the driver and the vehicle involved. This forced us to seek prosecution for the offence.

The company was fined £3,700, and ordered to pay costs of £2,561 and victim surcharges of £1,480.

At the same hearing, Harris Dadd, of Woodwhite Way, Hemel Hempstead also pleaded guilty to the unauthorised deposit of controlled waste. On 27 June 2022, an officer attended a report of a fly-tip in Windmill Road, Markyate. The officer found a large amount of mixed building waste, and during the inspection managed to trace this to a residential property in Hemel Hempstead. Further investigation at the address identified that Dadd had been employed to work there and had removed an amount of waste from this address. Dadd initially denied the offence when interviewed by our Environmental Enforcement team.

He was fined £930, and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £373 and costs of £900.

Portfolio Holder for Communities, Cllr Julie Banks said In Dacorum, we continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to environmental crime, and in particular fly-tipping. Our Environmental Enforcement Officers work tirelessly to assess and visit every reported incident of fly-tipping in the borough to gather evidence and investigate, where possible, who was responsible for dumping it and or where it has come from. The team issue Fixed Penalty Notices, or collect evidence for larger prosecutions if necessary. We continue to be at the forefront of tackling waste crime in Hertfordshire.”

We are part of the The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.