Corey Ross Carr, of Somerset Crescent, Melksham, has been successfully prosecuted for environmental and trading standards offences whilst operating a waste clearance service on Facebook selling sites across Wiltshire.
Carr appeared at Swindon Magistrates' Court on Monday, June 6 and pleaded guilty to four environmental offences and one Trading Standards offence.
The offences were:
December 4, 2020: failing in his duty of care for waste found to have been fly-tipped on land at Bishops Cannings, Devizes (off the A4 between Devizes and Beckhampton).
November 17, 2021: depositing controlled waste on land off Woodrow Road, Melksham.
November 17, 2021: disposing of waste in a way likely to cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health by burning a mattress and other waste.
Operating an unregulated waste facility on land off Woodrow Road, Melksham.
Between November 19, 2021 and January 14, 2022: falsely advertising in Dentons directory and on social media that his business CC Waste Removal & Clearance was “fully audited by the Environment Agency”.
Video footage taken on November 17, 2021, by a passing MOD helicopter was shown in court. It captured Carr depositing and burning waste, including a mattress, on land near Woodrow Road, Melksham. The land is owned by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust and was not a permitted waste facility.
The court also heard how a large quantity of household waste found fly-tipped on land off the A4 between Devizes and Beckhampton. This waste was traced by Environmental Enforcement Officers to a house in Melksham.....
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The moral of the story; always check that your house clearance company is registered with The Environmental Agency to ensure that your waste is disposed of responsibly. Fly tipped waste can be traced back to you and you could be fined £5,000!
Always ask to see the environment agency licence: