Man convicted three years after waste offence

A man has been convicted of failing to dispose of commercial waste lawfully more than three years after the original offence took place.

Syed Shahzad Haider of Longton Road, Higher Blackley initially pleaded not guilty at a previous hearing but changed his plea to guilty on the trial date on Tuesday December 14, 2021.  

He was prosecuted under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 for failing to take reasonable steps to check that the person to whom his commercial waste was passed, was authorised. He was fined £500, with costs of £1356 and a victim surcharge of £50, a total of £1906 .

On 15 August 2018, Biffa Operatives, working on behalf of Manchester City Council, found a large amount of fly-tipped waste, black bags, cardboard boxes and other miscellaneous items on Vauxhall Street, Harpurhey. Inspection of the waste found documents addressed to Mr Haider and a garage located on Rochdale Road, Manchester. This waste was photographed as evidence before it was removed for disposal.  

The evidence was passed to the Neighbourhood Compliance Office, who wrote to Mr Haider asking for information as to how this waste came to be found fly-tipped on a public highway. He responded, advising that he had paid a third party £250 to remove the waste from his business, Smart Autobody repairs based at the address on Rochdale Road.

The Council’s Environmental Crimes Team subsequently interviewed Mr Haider under caution whereby he explained that he had passed 20 to 30 black bags of commercial waste to a man he had been introduced to by a friend, paying him £250. The waste removed was of such a quantity that the van had to return on two to three occasions to remove the rubbish. He confirmed that he made no attempts to check that the person was authorised to take the waste and did not obtain a waste transfer note, as required by law. Although he provided details of the person who took the waste, and admitted to being 'suspicious' about this individual, officers were unable to trace the person to whom the waste was passed.

Councillor Luthfur Rahman OBE, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council said:  "This man may have hoped that Covid -19 had been more disruptive to his case but clearly, even after a three-year hiatus we will do whatever is necessary to bring a prosecution. People need to be aware that that we neither tolerate fly tipping or the excuses that go with it and it is a reminder that people need to be very careful that they are using reputable companies to dispose of their commercial waste. We are totally committed to ensuring that offenders are brought to justice."  


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