Published: Monday, 16th April 2018
Failing to dispose of waste responsibly has cost a local businessman dearly following prosecution at the Magistrate's Court on 4 April 2018.
Mahir Kocaslan of N-Joy Bar, Norfolk Street, King's Lynn, pleaded guilty to the charge of failure to produce Duty of Care Documentation under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Waste Regulations 2011.
He received a fine of £500, plus a victim surcharge of £50, and was ordered to pay £125 towards prosecution costs.
In mitigation, Mr Kocaslan said he had paid someone with a van to take the waste to the tip; he learned subsequently that it had been fly-tipped in January 2017 just off the Dersingham bypass. He accepted that this was his responsibility and arranged for the land to be cleared.
He had failed to pay the original fixed penalty notice for this incident despite being given extensions to pay, hence the delay in the prosecution. Ultimately his failure to produce his duty of care documentation, or to pay the fine, led to this prosecution.
Cllr Ian Devereux, borough council cabinet member for environment said: "Everyone has a responsibility to dispose of their waste correctly. Householders and business operators alike should always ask to see a waste carrier's licence before allowing them to take any waste away."
To check that someone is an authorised waste carrier visit the public register on the Environment Agency's website.