A licensed waste carrier has been sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work for dumping 30 bags of building waste in Bushey and Radlett after providing a Finchley man with a false identity.
Edgware man Samuel Boca, 23, of Bransgrove Road, pleaded guilty to eight charges related to the dumping in Hilfield Lane South in Bushey and Bridleway 71 in Radlett during an earlier hearing and attended St Albans Magistrates’ Court for sentencing.
During questioning at Hatfield Police Station, Boca admitted providing the Finchley resident with a receipt containing a false name, telephone number and the name of a legitimate recycling firm in Cheshire, with which he had no association.
He was recorded by Hertsmere Borough Council cameras in a Peugeot panel van with the name of a German company on the side as he dumped the waste on January 20.
In addition to the unpaid work, Boca was also ordered to pay £250 for each of six duty of care offences, a victim surcharge of £150 and pay the council’s £3,514 costs.
The van was seized and destroyed by the council.
Councillor Seamus Quilty, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This case shows that the council will pursue offenders responsible for dumping waste and I’m pleased that Boca will no longer be able to leave building waste in public areas with all the problems that can cause.
“In consequence, it is of paramount importance to send a clear message to offenders that it is wholly unacceptable to knowingly harm the environment with no consideration for the impact on the wider community in the use of limited public resources, the visual blighting of our countryside and urban public spaces, and in some cases, the clearance costs and inconvenience to private landowners.”
The cost of conducting the investigation was £1,838, while the cost of clearing the waste was £862.