Garage Owner Fined for Dumping 100 Tyres
The owner of a garage who asked an acquaintance to dump 100 tyres on land near Burnham-On-Sea has been fined £1500. In a case brought by the Environment Agency, garage owner Roger Collins was ordered to pay £1,500 plus costs for allowing the tyres to be left on Kingsway Road at Mark.
The court was told that on March 23rd last year a blue transit van was seen fly-tipping the tyres. During a clear-up operation by Sedgemoor District Council, a letter found inside a tyre was traced to Rogers Car Repairs in Blackford, which was later found to be owned by Mr Collins.
When formally interviewed by the Environment Agency, Collins admitted paying an individual £150 to dispose of 100 tyres but failed to check whether the person had a waste carrier’s licence, or obtain any waste transfer notes or a receipt.
Appearing before Bridgwater Magistrates, Roger Collins was fined £700 and ordered to pay £500 costs after pleading guilty to four offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, including knowingly permitting controlled waste to be disposed on the land. He was also ordered by the court to pay £300 in compensation to the council towards its clean-up costs.