This is based in the UK.
Last month a few days before Christmas, I received a letter from a local council placing me under caution for two charges against the Environmental Protection Act. The first charge was for fly tipping and the second charge was for abandoning my duty of care for waste disposal. To be clear - I would never do something like this and in the words of Shaggy - It wasn't me.
In the letter the council enclosed photographic evidence of a pile of waste about 15 miles away from where I live. In this waste was a load of laminate flooring off-cuts and packaging which had my name and delivery address all over it - hence why I was standing accused.
I did recognise the flooring as about 9 months ago I moved into a new build house and purchased that exact flooring. However, I ordered too much and had a load of unopened packs left over. Instead of letting them go to waste, I offered them up to my local neighbourhood on our new build development's Facebook group. One of my neighbours took me up on the offer almost immediately and he came and collected it the same day. This was over 6 months ago now.
As a result, I believe this neighbour must be connected to the fly tipping incident - in my mind, either he fly tipped it or he gave his waste to a dodgy company to get rid of it. The only other option is that he didn't use it and he passed it onto someone else entirely in which case this neighbour isn't to blame either.
Anyhow, I contacted the council to appeal the criminal charges and provided them screenshot evidence of my neighbour's facebook conversation with me, his address and also my booking to our local waste recycling centre where I took my offcuts for disposal earlier in the year after I had finished putting my flooring down.
Long story short, the council dropped all charges and asked me to provide a testimony should the case end up going to court at all. I agreed to this.
I get on with my neighbours and I'm feeling guilty that I haven't told him that I've essentially thrown him under the bus in this investigation. I don't want there to be bad feelings and part of me really wants to give him the courtesy of knowing this is definitely coming in his direction. However, it is a criminal investigation so I feel like I should follow my head, not my heart, and just not get involved further. Also if he did fly tip or was a bit careless in handing over his waste to a dodgy company, he absolutely deserves what is coming to him regardless... keep reading on reddit ➡
Electric-bus maker Proterra Inc. agreed to go public through a merger with special purpose acquisition company ArcLight Clean Transition Corp.
The deal represents an enterprise value of $1.6 billion for Proterra and includes $415 million from investors Daimler Trucks, Franklin Templeton, Fidelity Management & Research Co. and funds and accounts from BlackRock, among others, according to a statement. It’s expected to close in the first half of 2021 subject to approval by ArcLight Clean’s shareholders.
Link to press release: https://arclightclean.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/Proterra-Release.pdf