Prolific flytipper receives suspended prison sentence and community service

Release Date: 16/02/2017

An environmental menace who ran an illegal waste management business is banned from running a waste collection business and will have to carry out community service following enforcement action by Richmond Council.

Ryan Smith collected waste for payment and dodged disposal costs by flytipping rubbish he collected from commercial businesses in Twickenham, Staines and Redbridge in 2015. Thanks to the dedicated work of Richmond Council’s enforcement team, and working with officers from Spelthorne Council, Smith, of The Sidings, Leacroft, Staines pleaded guilty to a catalogue of offences at Guildford Crown Court.

In court yesterday (15 February 2017), Mr Smith received 10 months imprisonment but suspended for 2 years. He was also given 200 hours non paid community service and was ordered to pay £7,000 in costs.

The court also issued Smith with a Criminal Behaviour Order which bans him from being involved in the waste collection business for 10 years unless he obtains a waste carrier licence from the Environment Agency.

And finally, he was ordered to pay Mr Hoare of Devon Avenue, Twickenham £600 to cover the cost that Mr Hoare paid to dispose of the waste that was flytipped on his property.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Pamela Fleming, said:

“This is a case of just desserts. Mr Smith ran an illegal business – taking money from people to dispose of their waste. However, he was just dumping it in our beautiful borough.

“Flytipping is a criminal offence and I hope this case sends a clear message to the small minority of people who choose to dispose of waste illegally and for illicit gain.”

Updated: 16 February 2017