A builder who flytipped waste in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £570 today (August 28).
Costica Budiana, 47, of Vicarage Street, Oldbury, pleaded guilty to one offence of dumping waste including delivery packets, correspondence, printer boxes and wooden panels on Beeton Road, Soho. He was fined £50 and ordered to pay £500 court costs plus a £20 victim surcharge.
Birmingham Magistrates’ Court heard the offence, a contravention of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, came to light when a Birmingham City Council environmental health officer noticed a large amount of rubbish around a tree on Beeton Road in Winson Green on 14 August 2013.
On closer inspection it emerged the rubbish contained a large amount of correspondence addressed to a nearby business, which confirmed it had paid £30 to CBG Con Ltd – of which Budiana was a director – to remove the waste and take it to an authorised disposal site.
Under interview by council officers, Budiana confirmed he had been paid the money by the business to remove the waste despite him not having the necessary authorisation to carry waste on a commercial basis.
Budiana added he removed his waste from the van and placed it on the pavement outside his former home because he needed his vehicle for another job and didn’t have time to take it where he was planning to dispose of it.
He claimed he was going to pick it up later the same day but couldn’t explain why he hadn’t taken it to his own premises and denied it was left there overnight. He then said he planned to take it to the Tyseley Household Recycling Centre – which is a facility for residents only, and not trade waste.
Cllr Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Sustainability, said: “Everyone has a part to play in keeping Birmingham tidy.
“Cleaner streets are a top priority for residents, businesses and visitors – so we need everyone to take pride in their city. This includes companies who offer disposal businesses to other firms.
“Sadly, this is an example of a business that didn’t share our values. We would much rather work in partnership with firms but to ensure Birmingham’s communities are clean and attractive – but will not hesitate to use the law to achieve this where appropriate.”
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