Waste being taken away by a ‘white van man’ has led to nearly £2,000 of fines being handed out in two cases heard at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court.
Abraham Smith, 53, of Ridgeway Close, Whaddon, was hit with a £500 fine after he admitted dumping a sofa and other household waste in Ashwell Street – a bridleway in Bassingbourn.
Smith had been delivering leaflets advertising house clearances and whilst in Little Shelford a householder – who received a formal caution – had paid £60 for him to take rubbish away.
Smith was banned from driving for three months, ordered to pay South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) costs of £540 and a victim surcharge of £50.
A Cambridge homeowner was also fined £350 after paying an unregistered trader £40 to take away waste which included deck chairs and fencing.
When SCDC investigators visited Debbie Yarrow of Thorpe Way she admitted the items – that had been dumped in High Ditch Road in Fen Ditton – had come from her home and that she had paid someone she did not know to take them away.
She failed to appear at court but was found guilty of ‘failing in her duty of care’ under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in her absence.
As well as the £350 fine she was ordered to pay SCDC costs of £510 and a £35 victim surcharge.
Following the cases, SCDC waste bosses are once again reiterating that it is the responsibility of householders to make sure that they use authorised waste carriers, registered with the Environment Agency, to dispose of rubbish.
To check for licensed traders visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers.
You can also telephone 08708 506 506.
Cllr Mick Martin, SCDC cabinet member for environmental services, said: “Fly tipping is something our residents detest and these cases highlight how important it is to check who you are paying to take your rubbish way.
“If they don’t have a waste carrier licence you could find yourself in court as it is your responsibility to make sure the waste is disposed of correctly.
“We will continue to take a tough stance of fly tipping and would urge people to step forward and report it if you see this crime being carried out.”
If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999.
To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley or Martin Johnston at SCDC on 03450 450 063, or e-mail email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org
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