Salisbury man fined for offering fake waste clearance services

Salisbury man fined for offering fake waste clearance services

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:47am 16th October 2019. (Updated at 8:39am 16th October 2019)

Jamie Alexander Kerley has been prosecuted AGAIN by Wiltshire Council for environmental offences.

The 30 year old from Woodbury House, Woodbury Rise admitted four offences:

  • Transporting controlled waste without an upper tier waste carriers licence
  • Failing to produce authority to transport controlled waste when requested to do so by the council
  • Failure to produce waste transfer notes in relation to waste he had collected
  • Operating as an unlicensed scrap metal collector in Wiltshire

He's been ordered to pay £4,037.93 in fines and costs at a hearing at Swindon Magistrates Court this week (Monday 14th October).

Law Courts Swindon
Kerley admitted all the counts against him at Swindon Magistrates Court

HOW KERLEY WAS CAUGHT

This isn't the first time that Kerley has been taken to court by Wiltshire Council for these kinds of offences.

In February 2017, he was jailed for three months for a total of eight fly-tipping offences around Wiltshire.

Fly tipping by Jamie Alexander Kerley from Harnham - Salisbury 2 (Wiltshire Council)
One of the flytipping incidents Jamie Kerley was prosecuted for back in 2017

More recently, Kerley had been advertising his business, Jck Tree Care Ltd, on Facebook.

It had been spotted by a member of the public and reported to Wiltshire Council's Environmental Enforcement Team.

He was initially served with a notice that required him to produce Waste Transfer Notes to the authority.

That would have shown he had been lawfully disposing of the waste, collected as a result of those Facebook ads. 

NO DOCUMENTS PRODUCED

Kerley wasn't able to produce the notices, couldn't show he'd lawfully disposed of the rubbish and Wiltshire Council commercial tips and also didn't produce the licence needed to transport 'non-green waste' either.

He was given the chance to pay two £300 fixed penalty notices, but failed to do so.

Investigations also found that Kerley had been dealing in scrap metal, without the correct licence.

ARRESTED AFTER FAILING TO APPEAR IN COURT

Kerley was due to appear before Salisbury Magistrates on September 9th, but didn't show up.

He was eventually arrested last Saturday (October 12th) in Portsmouth, taken to Swindon, and held in custody until his hearing on Monday (October 14th).

The court heard he'd been advertising his unlicenced waste clearance services on Facebook across Wiltshire and into Andover right up until his arrest.

Those ads have now been removed.

CHECK WASTE CLEARANCE CREDENTIALS

Wiltshire Council say cases like this show how important it is that we are thoroughly checking whether the people we might pay to have waste taken away are licensed to do it.

It is our legal responsibility to make sure rubbish is only transferred by operators working legally.

We're reminded not to rely on claims made on social media about those kinds of services.

MyWiltshire online reporting app
A screenshot from the MyWiltshire online reporting app

Councillor Robert Yuill, Portfolio Holder for Waste in Wiltshire said: 

"A simple check of the carrier's details would in most cases prevent waste being flytipped. When using a contractor a note should be made of their Environment Agency license details before paying them to remove waste. If the price being charged seems cheap it's likely that they are not licensed and the waste will probably end up being flytipped, in which case the householder or waste producer is also at risk of a fine.  Alternatively, the council can arrange for the collection of bulky waste which will go to a licensed tip, a small price to pay to ensure correct disposal."

There's also a call for the administrators of social media selling sites to ensure they check the credentials of people that advertise these kinds of services on their pages. 

Things to watch out for include people changing their names and social media profiles to avoid being detected as being previously prosecuted or not having the correct licences.

Kerley's offences were reported by someone who used the My Wiltshire online service, and Wiltshire Council's thanked them for their help.

Anyone can report unlicensed waste collectors and scrap metal collectors using the website or app.

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