Man fined after his rubbish was flytipped

Published Wednesday 29 May 2019

A man has been fined after rubbish he asked a friend to remove from his garage was dumped in a country lane.

'Duty of care' flytipping

When the flytipping, which had been dumped in Welham Lane, Great Bowden, in November 2018, was reported to Harborough District Council its Environmental Crime Team investigated and found evidence amongst the rubbish (pictured) tracing it back to the resident.

The man, in his late 20s and from Kettering, failed to check whether the person was registered to carry and dispose of the rubbish, and was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for £300.

Householders are legally responsible for any household waste produced on their property. They have a duty of care to check that any person or business disposing of their waste is legally allowed to do so.

Councillor Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s portfolio holder for environment and regulatory services, said: “All waste must be disposed of in the correct and legal manner. It is crucial, if you are using a third party to dispose of your rubbish, that you take all reasonable steps to ensure they are registered to do so by asking to see their waste carriers licence.”

There are several ways to dispose of the waste that cannot go into wheeled bins:

  • Take large waste items to your local recycling and waste site (tip)
  • Use a licensed waste carrier to remove your waste - it is a legal requirement to use a licensed waste carrier (you can also check if someone has a licence on the Environment Agency website)
  • The Council’s large waste items for collection service allows for up to three large household items or 12 sacks of waste to be collected for a charge of £34.17

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