A man is facing a bill of more that £1,400 after he was found to have committed four environmental offences leading to a fly-tip.
Andrew Bryan Worsley, 22, of The Crescent, Bamber Bridge, is being fined over £600 after failing to comply with the Environment Agency’s rules for collecting and removing waste.
A fly-tip was reported to Chorley Council and was investigated by a Neighbourhood Officer.
Councillor Paul Walmsley, who oversees the council’s environmental prosecution, said: “The fly-tip was reported to Chorley Council and was subsequently investigated by one of our Neighbourhood officers.
“The waste eventually led us to Mr Worsley who was found to have committed four environmental offences.
“If you see anyone committing a fly-tipping offence or spot rubbish that’s been dumped then please contact Chorley Council to report it.”
On Tuesday 30 October 2017 a Chorley Council Neighbourhood Officer investigated Denham Quarry following a report of a fly-tip.
The officer found waste dumped over the fence bordering the car park which consisted of an exercise bike, a deck chair, a kitchen chair and more.
The waste led the Neighbourhood Officer to a resident’s home who informed the officer that they arranged for Mr Worsley to collect their rubbish over Facebook.
Chorley Council contacted Mr Worsley who at first admitted to arrangements to collect and remove waste but denied ever showing up.
Mr Worsley was invited to an interview at Chorley Council where he admitted to collecting the waste, but as the tip was closed, he took it back to his own home.
Mr Worsley then arranged for a third party to collect and dispose of the waste.
Throughout these series of events, Mr Worsley wasn’t registered as a waste carrier with the Environment Agency and he failed to produce a waste transfer note for the collection and transfer of waste from where he lives and further failed to ensure that the transfer of the waste was to an authorised person.
“In this case, rubbish was arranged to be collected and disposed of over Facebook for a price of £25. It’s important that people are aware that this is not a trustworthy source and at such a small price sometimes it is too good to be true and that proved to be the case in this instance.” added Councillor Walmsley.
“Fly-tipping offences are taken seriously and are not tolerated by us. This offence is a waste of our money; money spent on cleaning up the aftermath could be better spent in helping our local residents.
We take pride in our local areas so we ask that all local residents and visitors are respectful to their surroundings.”
On Thursday 10 May, Mr Worsley failed to attend Chorley Magistrates but an application for the court to proceed in his absence was successfully made. Mr Worsley was subsequently found guilty of all four environmental offences and fined £600, plus council costs of £757.35 and a victim surcharge of £66.