Food company fined after rubbish was dumped by unlicensed third party

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A food import business which tried to save money by allowing an unlicensed third party to dispose of its waste faces a bill of £2,500.

Polfreezetransport Ltd was prosecuted after rubbish dumped in Sand Lane, Pulloxhill, on October 1, 2014 was traced back to the Stagsden-based company.

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Environmental Protection team found black rubbish bags, plastic wrapping, cardboard boxes, food packaging and out-of-date baby food when they visited the site – along with a number of letters with the same address at Kingsbourne Farm in Bury End, Stagsden.

The unit’s agent revealed that the tenant was Peter Pietruch, of Dordons Road, Luton, who owns Polfreezetransport as well as several Polish food shops across the area.

At an interview with the council, Pietruch admitted that he contacted a friend of a friend to remove the waste. However, he did not check if they were licensed, did not receive an invoice and had no contact details other than a first name and a mobile phone number.

​When asked why he did not use one of the licensed waste carriers with which his shops have contracts, Pietruch suggested that they were more expensive and he was unaware that the person who took his rubbish needed to be licensed.

​At Bedford Magistrates’ Court on July 29, Polfreezetransport’s solicitor pleaded guilty to two charges on the company’s behalf of failing to check that its waste was removed by a licensed carrier and allowing its rubbish to be fly-tipped.

Polfreezetransport was fined £2,000, ordered to pay a £100 victim surcharge and a £400 contribution towards costs.

Councillor Richard Wenham, executive member for Corporate Resources, said: “We have a zero-tolerance attitude toward fly-tipping in Central Bedfordshire. Failure to properly dispose of commercial or domestic waste is simply not acceptable and we will prosecute offenders.

“Fly-tipping is a deliberate and thoughtless act that is both unsightly and dangerous. In some cases this can cause serious damage to the environment as waste may contain harmful materials.”

Anyone who spots any incidences of fly-tipping should call 0300 300 8302 or email customers@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk