A retired builder who carried out work for a friend has been fined £200 after he failed to check the person taking away his waste had the proper licence.
The builder had been doing some work on a Northampton home and left the waste in the front garden intending to dispose of it himself.
But when a lorry driver pulled up and asked if he could take the waste away for the builder, he agreed but did not check the lorry driver had a Waste Carriers Licence.
The builder also failed to take the name and address and vehicle registration of the person who he paid to take the waste away, he did not complete and retain a waste transfer note, and paid for the disposable in untraceable cash.
The load of waste wood, plaster and carpet was later found dump along the verge of a country lane between the villages of Grafton Regis and Ashton.
When the waste was searched by enforcement officers from South Northamptonshire Council they found correspondence relating to the address the builder had been working at.
During an interview under caution at the council offices in Towcester the builder admitted the offence of failing to take reasonable care of waste in his possession, and pleaded guilty at Northampton Magistrates’ Court last month.
The bench indicated that they gave the builder full credit for his early guilty plea and for him having no previous convictions.
In addition to the fine the builder was ordered to pay £200 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Ian Davies, SNC’s director of community and environment, said: “We all know that should a builder take a short cut, this can lead to very costly mistakes.
“This short cut cost the builder £450, but damage to the picturesque South Northants countryside could have been much worse.
“We will not tolerate people using this district as a dumping ground and will prosecute where ever there is evidence to do so.”