A Luton man who dumped waste on two separate occasions in a Flamstead lane has been ordered to pay more than £3,000.
On 12 July 2021 at 10.44 pm, a covert camera deployed by our Environmental Enforcement Team captured images of an occupant of a car registered to Mr Imran Ramzan of Luton, Bedfordshire, depositing household waste on Coles Lane. The following day on 13 July 2021, an Enforcement Officer attended Coles Lane, to confirm the deposited waste to be a black refuse sack containing tumble dryer vent piping, lino, cardboard and plastic items.
On 20 July 2021 at 8.40 am, our Enforcement Officer attended Coles Lane, Flamstead to investigate further fly-tipping. Another pile of household waste was found to be deposited by the roadside at the same location. When searched, the waste consisted of nine black refuse sacks containing packaging, tiling materials, carpet offcuts and contained a document (a receipt with personal details including address) linking it again to Ramzan.
The defendant was interviewed under caution by our Enforcement Officers on 5 August 2021 about the offences of fly-tipping. He denied committing the offences claiming that his vehicle was being repaired at the time of the first offence but could not prove this, and the waste found on 20 July 2021 was not deposited by him, but that he had paid an unnamed person in a vehicle to dispose of this waste for him, whilst building work was being carried out at his house.
After the interview had taken place, Ramzan later admitted to the investigating officer that he had indeed unlawfully deposited the waste on both occasions. We were then obliged to seek prosecution for the offences and Ramzan subsequently pleaded guilty at St Albans Magistrates' Court on 19 January 2022. The court sentenced Ramzan to fines of £821 (count one) and £400 (count two), a victim surcharge of £122 and full costs of £1,664.71.
Ben Stevens, Lead Environmental Enforcement Officer, said: “We need people to understand that their waste is their responsibility. Anyone offering to take it away has to be registered to carry waste, or it could end up fly-tipped, and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it. If you see fly-tipping, please report it via our online reporting tool by visiting our Fly-tipping page."
We are part of the The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.
These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.