Waste offences cost fly-tipper £12,300

Fly tipping and burning waste collected from council offices has cost a Lincolnshire businessman more than £12,000 in fines and costs

Fly tipping and burning waste collected from council offices has cost a Lincolnshire businessman more than £12,000 in fines and costs.

Tristan Massam, managing director of Alebeck Ltd, pleaded guilty to depositing waste without an environmental permit and failing to comply with an information request notice. He also admitted failing to provide waste transfer notes. The actions contravened sections 33(1)(b), 71(3) (a) and 34(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Alebeck received office waste and furniture from Lincolnshire County Council. The items were dumped in a field south of Lincoln over two days in April 2009, and set alight. North Kesteven District Council investigated and brought the case to court.

Massam received a £10,000 fine at Lincoln magistrates court on 23 February. The district council told ENDS that it was the largest fine ever set for fly tipping in Lincolnshire. There was no penalty for the other offences.

He was also ordered to pay £1,500 investigation costs, £500 in court costs and £300 to the local fire brigade.

Councillor Geoff Hazelwood, who is responsible for the district council’s environmental services, said that the incident was "not only an inconvenience and unsightly, but also very dangerous".

Jim Hogg, Lincolnshire County Council’s head of strategic asset management, said he had received assurances from its main waste contractor that Alebeck would not be employed again.

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