Media release - issued 25 Sep 2018

Asbestos fly-tip proves costly for Aldershot woman

An Aldershot woman who failed to take proper care of demolition waste, including hazardous asbestos, which ended up dumped in a local park, found herself over £1400 out of pocket after appearing before magistrates.

Asbestos fly-tip

Karen Goddard (52) of Ainger Close, Aldershot, admitted failing to transfer waste to an authorised person or to a person for authorised transport purposes, contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990 when she appeared at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court on Thursday 13 September. She was fined £250, ordered to pay the council's waste clearance and disposal costs of £1,125 and instructed to pay a victim surcharge of £30.

In a prosecution brought by Rushmoor Borough Council, the court heard the offence occurred after Goddard had a patio and shed in her garden demolished. She asked a family friend to remove some of the waste and take it in a wheelbarrow to her sister's house nearby, for use as hardcore for a new patio. However, the waste, which included cement-bonded asbestos, bricks and concrete, was subsequently found fly-tipped in the council-owned Ainger Close Recreation Ground on 13 May 2017.

Goddard accepted that it was her responsibility to ensure that the waste was disposed of properly and that the person she had asked to remove the waste was not an authorised waste carrier. She also admitted that she did not check what had happened to the waste after it was removed from her property, and until contacted by the council, was unaware that the construction waste had been fly-tipped in the recreation ground

Magistrates told Goddard that they considered it a serious matter that the materials in the fly tip included asbestos and that it had been dumped in a public recreation ground.

Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: "This incident resulted in waste, some of it hazardous asbestos, being fly tipped in a public area. This had a significant impact on both the environment and was a risk to public health. It also resulted in a large clean-up cost for the council. 

Councillor Sheehan added: "All reports of fly-tipping are investigated and where we find evidence that an offence has been committed, we will not hesitate to take formal action. It is essential that all householders ensure that waste is only taken away by an authorised person."

The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a legal duty of care on householders to take all reasonable measures to ensure that their waste is disposed of properly. 

Householders are required to make sure waste is only removed from their property  by an authorised person, such as a registered waste carrier. To find out if a waste carrier is registered with the Environment Agency please check their list of Licensed waste carriers.


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