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Waste carrier fined for illegal operation

A man from South Wales has been fined after being caught illegally transporting waste across Swansea.

Foyzal Bari from Neath Road, Hafod was stopped during a joint stop and search initiative between Swansea Council and South Wales Police in September 2015.

Bari was unable to produce a waste tipping licence for the waste he was carrying and was summoned to magistrates’ court after failing to pay a fixed penalty issued to him for the offence.

In court he pleaded guilty, under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, to illegally transporting waste and not having the correct documentation.

He was fined £350 and ordered to pay £333 in costs, of which £120 were legal fees, and victim surcharge of £35.

Frances Williams, the council’s litter enforcement officer, said: “Many of the instances of fly tipping carried out in Swansea are done by a ‘man in a van’ who offers to collect waste from a residential address and simply dump it on a quiet rural road or a back lane.”

The case has also prompted the council to call on residents to ensure that if they are using the services of a waste tipping company they check the company’s credentials.

Williams added: “Residents who employ people to take away their waste could themselves face prosecution if the material is later fly-tipped. Legislation dictates that residents have a ‘Duty of Care’ to make sure the carriers they employ to remove any waste are licensed waste carrier.”

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