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Bohumil Bledy fined £480 after his rubbish bags were found across Dover

A man who didn't ensure his rubbish was responsibly dumped has been fined £480 after being prosecuted by Dover District Council.

Bohumil Bledy, 42, of Matthews Place, Dover, pleaded guilty to two counts of failure to fulfill a duty of care in respect of household waste, under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Yesterday (Tuesday) Canterbury Magistrates fined him £300 and he was ordered to pay £150 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Fly tipped rubbish by Bohumil Bledy, 42, of Matthews Place, Dover,
Fly tipped rubbish by Bohumil Bledy, 42, of Matthews Place, Dover,

On April 13, 2016, an incident of fly-tipping of bags of household waste was reported to Dover District Council (DDC) on Crabble Lane in River.

An Environmental Enforcement Officer (EEO) visited the site and found documents relating to Mr Bledy.

On July 17, a further incident of fly-tipping was reported to DDC on Branch Street, Dover.

An EEO visited and found bags of household waste, including documents - again relating to Mr Bledy.

As part of an investigation, Mr Bledy stated that he had transferred his household waste on two occasions to cold callers, claiming he had paid these individuals cash in exchange for them to take his waste away.

He had not made any enquiries to ascertain whether these individuals were licensed waste collectors and was unable to provide investigating officers with any information to identify them.

A DDC spokesman said: “We remind residents and businesses of their responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of properly, as failing to do so may lead to prosecution.”

Anyone engaging another individual or business to dispose of waste is encouraged to remember the SCRAP code: Suspect – beware of rogue waste collectors; Check – ask to see their waste carrier registration; Refuse – don’t be tempted by unsolicited offers to take your rubbish away; Ask Questions – ask where your rubbish is going; Paperwork – make sure you get a proper receipt listing the rubbish removed and with the carriers’ details.

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