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A grand waste of money for licence dodgers

Two individuals caught transporting waste through the borough of Waltham Forest without the necessary Waste Carrier Licence have both found themselves £1,000 out of pocket.

Last summer Waltham Forest Council caught Kevin Watts of Louis Drive West, Rayleigh, Essex, transporting waste on 22 June. Mr Watts failed to furnish a Waste Carrier Licence upon request by Council officers and was accordingly brought before Thames Magistrates’ Court on 21 February.

The Magistrates subsequently fined Mr Watts £500, ordered him to pay costs of £460 and a Victim Surcharge of £50, leaving him with a total bill of £1,010 to pay.

Zlatin Hristov of Tiverton Road, Tottenham, failed to produce a valid waste carrier licence when caught on 27 June 2013. He presented himself to Thames Magistrates’ Court on 21 February and escaped marginally lighter with a total of £970 to pay made up of a £500 fine, a £50 Victim Surcharge and costs of £420.

“It is the sort of offence many residents probably wouldn’t even know existed or think twice about,” said Councillor Clyde Loakes, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

“However, it’s really important our Enforcement Officers are checking this sort of thing and ensuring anyone transporting waste in the borough has the necessary paperwork in order.

“We have worked really hard to hammer down flytipping in Waltham Forest and over the last three years we have seen it plummet by 32 per cent. It’s interesting that both of these individuals live outside the borough and also that the Magistrates have been so robust by fining each of them £500.”

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