Waste carrier fined
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Billy Preece, of Highwood Park, Highwood Lane, Patchway was fined £250 and ordered to pay £300 costs after he was found guilty of carrying and transporting waste without a licence. Police stopped his white transit van on September 21 last year and found more than 200 gallons of waste oil on board. At the time, Preece said he was operating a business called B&C Waste Collection and that he had recently started collecting used oil from garages to convert it into creosote. However, the court heard he could not name a single company or garage where the waste oil had been collected from.
He was stopped during an operation carried out by the council’s environmental health officers and police officers targeting traders who approach householders and businesses with offers to remove unwanted waste or carry out house clearances.
Preece pleaded guilty to the offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and the Control of Pollution (Amendment) Act 1989 for transporting waste without a registered waste carriers licence and transporting waste without a waste transfer note. As well as the fine, Preece was ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Chris Gillett, from the council’s environmental protection team, said: “Legitimate waste carriers must have a licence and transfer notes are required to ensure any waste that is disposed of can be traced back to a particular business or individual. A lot of resources go in to clearing up waste in South Gloucestershire but thankfully on this occasion we were able to intervene and prevent this oil being fly-tipped elsewhere in the district.”
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