A builder who paid for hazardous waste to be dumped in a Keston lane has been fined £2,600.

Robertas Salminas, of Minstry Way, arranged for waste from a property refurbishment to be taken by an individual he had used previously, without checking his credentials.

In July 2019, a Council officer discovered two fly-tips on Nash Lane, containing wood, cardboard boxes, empty paint pots, bricks, along with two black plastic rubble bag containing broken corrugated asbestos.

Investigations revealed the builder had been working at a property in Liddon Road, Bromley, and someone he had used before to dispose of waste was paid £250 by bank transfer.

After he admitted failing to ask to see a waste carrier’s licence or obtain a written description of the removed waste which was then subsequently fly-tipped, Salminas faced prosecution.

By law, waste carriers must pay to dispose waste at a waste transfer station, but unauthorised waste carriers may evade these costs by dumping it.

At Bromley Magistrates’ Court Mr Salminas pleaded guilty to the safe management of waste, failing in his duty of care under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was ordered to pay fines and costs of £2,600 within 28 days.

A Council Spokesperson said: “The duty of care legislation exists to protect human health and the environment. People – whether individuals or businesses - must always check that their waste is going to a legitimate Environment Agency approved waste carrier, and they should get a waste transfer note as proof that it’s legal.

"The Council is cracking down on fly-tipping in the borough as highlighted by our ‘Fly-tippers - we’re watching you’ campaign. If the waste is dumped, they could face a substantial fine or court action.”