Two people fined for dumped rubbish

Bins, Waste and Recycling
17:02, Tuesday, 25th October 2022

Two people have been slapped with fines after dumping rubbish, or paying someone else to dump it for them.

A man who left bags of rubbish next to a Scunthorpe car park was tracked down and fined £300 for fly-tipping.

And a woman who paid a rogue trader she found on social media to take her rubbish away has had to pay £300 after it was found fly-tipped on Brumby Common Lane.

A council worker saw bags of household rubbish left on a verge in the Crosby area of Scunthorpe.

He found evidence linking it to a resident in a nearby street, who was fined £400 for fly-tipping, and paid the fine within 28 days, earning a £100 reduction.

In a separate incident, rubbish found dumped on Brumby Common Lane was traced back to a householder who admitted the rubbish was hers and that she had paid someone to take it away.

However, she had made no checks to see if the trader was legally allowed to dispose of the waste.

It is a householder’s responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of legally.

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.

The council spends more than £1m a year cleaning up after other people and is urging everyone who witnesses littering and fly-tipping to record the evidence and send it in via our online portal. Enforcement officers will pursue the offenders wherever possible.

Clamping down on fly-tipping and littering, and enabling people to recycle their waste responsibility is one of the key features of the council’s A Green Future strategy.

Fly-tipping or allowing your waste to be fly-tipped by an unlicensed operative, can lead to a £400 fixed penalty notice or a court case.

The fine is reduced to £300 if it is paid within 28 days.

However, if it would cost more to clear up the fly-tipping than the fine would recover, officers will pursue a criminal prosecution.

If someone offers to take waste away for little cost, it is likely they aren’t licensed, and the rubbish could end up dumped in streets or nearby rural areas – and the householder could be slapped with a fine as well as the rogue trader.

More information about how to check if someone is a registered waste carrier is available on the fly-tipping section of our website.