1 March 2017
A construction firm has been ordered to pay out almost £4,000 after being successfully prosecuted by Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service for irresponsibly disposing of waste.
Yesterday’s court case came about after two loads of building waste were found by an officer from the Environmental Protection Service on land at Skye Edge field, off Manor Laithe Road.
The waste consisted of timber, wooden cabinets, plastics, cardboard, a bath, windows, tiles, plaster and rubble as well as ash, food waste and several items of correspondence.
Investigations led to an address in Sheffield where some building work had been carried out by RM City Construction Ltd, of Mount Street, Sheffield.
The company was invited to attend for a formal interview but initially declined, and only engaged with the investigation when summoned to court.
It was then explained that the construction firm had used a private individual to dispose of the waste – but had not carried out any checks as to where the waste might end up.
Magistrates yesterday (Tuesday 28 February) fined RM City Construction Ltd £3,000, with £342 clean-up costs and £368 legal costs being awarded to Sheffield City Council.
Councillor Bryan Lodge, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said:
“The council works hard to keep Sheffield clean, with staff sweeping the streets, working in the city’s parks and across housing estates.
“While we accept that RM City Construction Ltd did not tip the waste, the company did not take steps to ensure that its ultimate destination was appropriate.
“We hope that this sends out a signal to other companies to ensure their waste arrangements are legitimate.”
For more information on what constitutes fly-tipping, and when to report it, either visit the website at www.sheffield.gov.uk or call 101.
In the last 12 months:
- We’ve issued 10 Fixed Penalty Notices for fly tipping, totalling £3,000.
- We’ve issued 30 Fixed Penalty Notices for other waste offences, totalling £1,600.
- We’ve had 12 other waste offence cases in court and won every case – £4,800 in fines and £3,530 in costs, total £9,230.
- We’ve issued 800 Fixed Penalty Notices for littering, totalling £35,400.
- We have convicted 205 litter offenders who did not pay the Fixed Penalty, with £30,475 in fines and £29,691 in costs, totalling £60,166.