Jail sentences have been handed down to two men found guilty of flytipping in Kings Heath and other areas across Birmingham. The two operated as A and B Removals. They claimed that it was a registered waste company and that all the material they collected was recycled. In reality, waste that couldn’t be sold was flytipped.
The case was brought by the Waste Enforcement Unit at Birmingham City Council. One of the two men was jailed for 30 months and banned from driving for 51 months. The other was given a 10-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work and also handed a rehabilitation order.
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When hiring contractors to remove waste or bulky items, residents are responsible for making sure that they are using a Registered Waste Carrier.
If residents hire a contractor who subsequently flytips the material, the resident could be prosecuted.
It is no longer a defence to say the resident did not know the company wasn’t licensed. So residents must check to make sure the business they’re using is properly registered.
You check whether a business is registered here.
Alternatively you can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506 506
If you see flytipped material, you can report it here or you can send an email to http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Two recent actions by Kings Heath Residents Forum (KHRF) members have achieved results.
BT Openreach premises in Howard Road East
A considerable amount of litter and fallen leaves had collected both on the frontage of the building and along the pavement side of the fence. A KHRF member contacted BT, explained that a Spring Clean was being organised in various sites and by various groups across Kings Heath. Would BT help by cleaning up the front of the premises in Howard Road East? Admittedly it’s a while since the Great British Spring Clean but the clean up outside the building has been completed.
Commercial waste on the High Street
Complaints were made about an accumulation of commercial waste behind retail premises on the High Street. It should have been in a closed container so that it could not be blown out into the street. The complaint was passed to the Environmental Health Regulation and Enforcement department and a Waste Enforcement Team visited the retailer. A member of the team explained the retailer’s legal responsibilities which hopefully means that this particular source of wind-blown litter has been stopped.
Thanks to Kate Smith of BT Openreach and the Waste Enforcement Team of Birmingham City Council for dealing with these issues so quickly.
Residents in Acocks Green, Bordesley Green, Hall Green, Hodge Hill, Moseley and Kings Heath, Shard End, Sheldon, South Yardley, Sparkbrook, Springfield, Stechford and Yardley North and Washwood Heath have the chance to learn more about the wheelie bin scheme coming to their streets at the following events:
- Monday 6 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Shard End Community Sports Centre, Packington Avenue
- Thursday 9 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Cascades Baths, Station Road, Stechford
- Friday 10 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Fox Hollies Forum, Greenwood Avenue, Acocks Green
- Monday 13 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road
- Tuesday 21 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Sparkbrook Family Centre, Farm Road
- Thursday 23 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Cascades Baths, Station Road, Stechford
- Friday 24 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Fox Hollies Forum, Greenwood Avenue, Acocks Green
- Monday 27 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Shard End Community Sports Centre, Packington Avenue
- Wednesday 29 October 2014, 10am–2pm: Kings Heath Community Centre, Heathfield Road
- Thursday 20 November 2014, 10am–2pm: Sparkbrook Family Centre, Farm Road
Members of Birmingham City Council’s Waste Prevention Team will be available to demonstrate the wheelie bins and answer any queries about the new bins, which are being delivered in the above wards.
For more information visit birmingham.gov.uk/wheeliebins