02:38PM, Wednesday 27 April 2016
A rubbish clearance company from Langley has been fined in court after office waste was dumped and set fire to in a field in Colnbrook.
Josh Oakes Services Limited was hired to clear an office at an address in Twickenham.
The company removed the unwanted rubbish into a skip and instead of disposing of it legally, hired two men to put the rubbish into an open tipper for £100.
Director Josh Oakes failed to check how they were going to get rid of the waste or whether the two men he had hired held a valid waste carrier’s licence.
The two men dumped the rubbish in a Colnbrook field and set fire to it. It was found in April 2015 next to a bridleway and included office furniture, carpet tiles, cardboard and general waste.
Josh Oakes Services Limited pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence before Reading Magistrates' Court and was fined £90 and ordered to pay £300 in court costs on April 15.
Linda Corcoran, housing and enforcement officer from Slough Borough Council, said: “We are very supportive of businesses, but it’s important they understand their responsibilities and follow the law.
“The lesson here is that if you get someone else to dispose of your rubbish, you must make sure they have a valid waste carrier’s licence, otherwise it could be you who ends up in court.
“As a director of a rubbish clearance company, Mr Oakes should have been fully aware of his responsibilities but failed to ensure the rubbish he collected was disposed of correctly – which ended up costing him more than what he paid the two men.
“In an interview Mr Oakes stated he assumed the men would burn the rubbish - they did, in the middle of a field in Colnbrook.
“Don’t assume someone has a waste carrier’s licence, make sure you check it out.”
To check if someone is registered as a waste carrier visit the Environment Agency’s website at www.gov.uk/find-registered-waste-carrier or call 03708 506 506.
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