Manchester couple found guilty of failing to dispose of waste correctly

A Manchester couple pleaded guilty at Stockport Magistrates on Monday 12th August 2019 for failing to dispose of waste correctly

Manchester couple found guilty of failing to dispose of waste correctly

Mr Zeeshan Hanif aged 30 and his wife Iram Mansoor both of Forshaw Avenue, Manchester, M18 8XQ pleaded guilty in relation to their Duty of Care contrary to Section 34 Environmental Protection Act 1990. Their waste ended up flytipped on Haigh Park, Whitehill Industrial Estate, South Reddish, Stockport.

They were each fined £250 plus costs of £400 and a Victim Surcharge of £30 each, a total of £1360.

Mr Hanif a builder by trade said he passed his waste to a man in a white van but could not provide Council Enforcement Officers with details of who he passed the waste to. Mr Hanif failed to check that the persons that he had passed his waste to were registered waste carriers and could provide no further information.

The fly-tipped waste consisted of building material, carpet and black bags of household waste which was reported to Stockport Councils Neighbourhood Service on the 5th February 2019. An Officer investigated the site where the waste had been fly tipped and obtained evidence leading to Zeeshan Hanif and Iram Mansoor, resulting in the successful legal action being taken.

Residents and Businesses could be unwittingly using a rogue trader to remove their waste. Whether through social media or an advert or even by being approached directly, residents and businesses need to check they are a registered waste carrier and that they have a permit. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they are not. You can check that they are a registered waste carrier on-line www.gov.uk/access-the-public-register-for-environmental-information or ask for their waste carrier number and ring the Environment Agency direct on 03708 506 506. Council Officers advise residents to make a note of their vehicle registration and vehicle details.

Councillor Sheila Bailey, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Stockport, said: “This case should serve as a warning to people about the risks and irresponsibility of passing unwanted goods to waste carriers which are not registered. Fly-tipping is anti-social and criminal and when we have sufficient evidence the Council will take action.”