Trader in court over illegal waste disposal
PUBLISHED: 10:37 11 August 2015 | UPDATED: 10:37 11 August 2015
Peter Corbey had to pay more than £1,000
A BUSINESSMAN in Bromley has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 for illegally disposing of waste.
Peter Corbey, of Corbey and Keep Construction, was prosecuted for repeatedly burning timber in a garden in Nightingale Lane.
Despite twice being warned by environmental health officers, the business - based in Main Road, Biggin Hill - continued to break the law, with one of the workers telling an officer that “it was cheaper than getting a skip”.
Bromley Council eventually decided to prosecute Corbey in February and he admitted burning controlled waste at Bromley Magistrates’ Court at the end of last month.
He was fined £220 and ordered to pay £849 costs and a £22 charge to help victims of crime.
Colin Smith, Bromley Council’s executive member for the environment, said:
“People have a responsibility to dispose of their waste legally, without harming the environment or causing a nuisance to other people.”
Business waste must be disposed of either through the council’s business waste disposal service or a licensed waste carrier. Visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews or call 0300 303 8658 for more details.
The council is also advising people to be wary of cold callers offering to take building rubbish and garden waste away cheaply, as they may just intend to dump it. You should ask to see their waste carrier’s licence, or check online at www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier - if they do dump the waste, you could be fined £5,000.