A man who paid a rogue trader £40 to take away his rubbish after they knocked on his door has been tracked down by enforcement officers and fined.
North Lincolnshire Council workers sifted through bin bags which had been flytipped on Moor Road, Bottesford.
After an investigation, the council’s Environmental Crime team contacted the householder, who admitted the rubbish was his.
He said he had paid a man who knocked on his door £40 to take away waste that had built up in his garden.
He did not ask to see a permit or check if the trader was on the official register of waste carriers.
It is a householder’s responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally and being in breach of this Household Waste Duty of Care landed the resident with a £400 fine, reduced to £300 for payment within 28 days.
North Lincolnshire Council deals with an average of 40 fly-tipping reports every week, and this is expected to increase over the Christmas period.
The council has pledged to come down hard on both fly-tippers and householders who do not ensure their rubbish is being dealt with responsibly.
Enforcement officers will track down culprits and issue fixed penalty notices or prosecute those responsible for blighting our roads and countryside.
Anyone who witnesses fly-tipping is urged to get photographic evidence – including video – and upload it to our online portal so officers can investigate.
From now until the end of February, winter opening times are in effect at all eight Household Recycling Centres across North Lincolnshire.
The site at Cottage Beck Road in Scunthorpe is open 8am to 4pm seven days a week. All other sites are open from 10am to 4pm, Friday to Tuesday.
Household Recycling Centres will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
More information is on the Household Recycling Centres section of our website.