03 July 2012
A scrap metal dealer from Graig yr Rhacca has been taken to court and fined after he failed to produce the correct documentation during a stop check operation in September 2011.
During the operation Environmental Health Enforcement Officers issued Section 34 (5) Producer Notices to vehicles transporting waste. The notice requires anyone who is carrying waste to show where the waste originated from and where it is to be legally disposed. A notice was issued to Michael Pipe, 20, of Longfellow Gardens, Graig yr Rhacca, Caerphilly, who subsequently failed to produce any waste transfer documentation.
Because of the defendant's non-compliance with the notice, legal proceedings were instigated.
The case was heard on Monday 18th June at Abergavenny Magistrates Court. Pipe pleaded guilty to the offence under Section 34 (5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He was fined £85 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Cllr Dave Poole, Cabinet Member for Community and Leisure Services at Caerphilly County Borough Council said, "There are some deceitful dealers trading in the borough, who sell on metal that they collect, but do not dispose of the other waste they collect properly. If scrap metal dealers carry the correct documentation, they will be able to go about their business freely, but for the small minority who do not we will seek prosecution."
He continued, "The officers from our Enforcement team are determined to continue their tireless work, alongside our colleagues at Gwent Police to tackle this issue".
Caerphilly County Borough Council is also working in partnership with Gwent Police on a scheme called 'No ID, No Cash'. This award winning scheme encourages scrap yards to only accept metal from registered collectors with photo-identification.
The council's Licensing Section are producing photo ID cards free of charge for metal collectors.
To apply for a photo ID card, please call 01495 235 039.
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