A man from Kensworth has been fined over £2,000 after an extensive investigation into two fly-tipping incidents in the village.
Thomas Tyler had previously denied dumping the waste but admitted a lack of duty of care in disposing of the waste.
There was carpet, several mattresses, building materials, PVC windows, bathroom units, building insulation, a gas boiler, and black sacks found dumped on a farmer’s land on Watling Street and on Clayhall Road in Kensworth.
Mr Tyler had collected waste from two separate properties for money.
Despite being paid, on both occasions he failed to ensure that the waste was transferred to a legal waste disposal site or to a legal waste carrier.
This failure in Mr Tyler’s duty of care led to the waste then being fly-tipped by an unknown third party.
After he failed to attend his first court case in December, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Mr Tyler finally attended court on Wednesday, September 26, and pleaded guilty to two charges, was fined £200, ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge, as well as £1,530 to Central Bedfordshire Council and £660 compensation to the farmer to cover the costs of clearing the waste, an overall fine of £2,420.
Cllr Budge Wells said: “We urge all businesses and residents to check that those offering to take your waste away do have a valid waste carriers’ license, and that they issue you with the correct documentation, otherwise you may just see it dumped around the corner of your village.
“There’s a number of unscrupulous people offering to take unwanted items away, often posting ads on social media, and then dumping it in back lanes and in rural areas.
“This case shows that we will fine those who get paid to take waste away but who then fail to ensure it is properly disposed of.”