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Amesbury asbestos tippers fined and crushed

September 17, 2021 9:08 AM
By WC

An Amesbury tree surgeon has been prosecuted by Wiltshire Council for fly-tipping hazardous construction waste on a farm in Collingbourne Ducis and committing multiple other environmental waste offences.

Daniel Waters, of The Old Dairy, Amesbury, appeared at Salisbury Magistrates Court on 14 September and pleaded guilty to fly-tipping hazardous construction rubbish on farmland. He also failed to provide waste transfer notes to the council when requested to do so and therefore failed in his duty of care in relation to his business waste.

Mr Waters was fined a total of £6,980.80 including costs, and the vehicle he used to fly-tip the waste was authorised for disposal by the magistrates, as a result of the criminal investigation conducted by the council's Environmental Enforcement Officers. The vehicle will have the hazardous materials removed, and any reusable parts will be salvaged before it is crushed.

The court heard how Mr Waters used his tipper truck to collect hazardous construction waste that contained asbestos from a property in Andover, and then fly-tipped it on private farmland in Collingbourne Ducis. The vehicle used in the fly-tip was seized by Wiltshire Police at the request of the council. Once seized, the vehicle was stored securely until the court hearing, where magistrates authorised its destruction. In addition to this, Mr Waters failed to provide the council with any of his waste transfer notes for his business, DW Tree Services, which would have shown how he was lawfully disposing of his waste.

WC say they will also ask the Environment Agency to revoke Mr Waters' waste carriers licence.

To report fly-tipping, go to www.wiltshire.gov.uk/mywiltshire-online-reporting or call 0300 456 0100.

And just to clarify the headline - of the two tippers the human one gets the fine and the vehicular one gets the crush.