Samuel Jones Bowstead attempted to tip commercial waste at Bromyard Household Recycling Centre

Herefordshire Council has won an enforcement case against a man found guilty of unlawfully disposing of waste at a Household Recycling Centre.

The case was taken to Hereford Magistrates’ Court by Herefordshire Council’s Community Protection Team on Wednesday 16 January 2019. Samuel Jones Bowstead, 27, of The Leys Cradley, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to transfer waste to an authorised person and to failing to secure the transfer with a written description of the waste. Mr Bowstead received a fine of £270, a victim surcharge of £30 and was ordered to pay costs of £1500.

Mr Bowstead tried to dispose of an industrial fridge, a chest freezer and a slot machine at the Bromyard Household Recycling Centre. A waste enforcement officer stopped Bowstead in the belief that he was tipping commercial waste, and Bowstead drove off instead of providing documentation. The court determined that Bowstead did not have documentation to prove that he had transferred the commercial waste to an authorised person.

Household Recycling Centres may only be used by residents in Herefordshire wishing to dispose of their own household waste. The deposit of commercial waste - any waste associated with a business - is unlawful at Household Recycling Centres and offenders will be prosecuted. Unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping costs council tax payers tens of thousands of pounds each year.

All businesses must ensure that appropriate duty of care measures are in place to ensure that the waste they produce is disposed of correctly, and that they have documentation to show who they have transferred the waste to and keep those records for at least 2 years.

The Community Protection Team will investigate unlawful waste disposal and fly tipping cases that are reported via the Herefordshire Council website or by calling 01432 261761. More information about responsible waste disposal for residents and businesses can be found online at www.herefordshire.gov.uk/recycling

Published: Monday, 28th January 2019