Woman first to receive higher fine after fly-tipping

Published Wednesday 9 June 2021

A woman has been fined £400 for ‘duty of care’ offences, relating to fly-tipping, under new tougher measures introduced by the Council.

Gallowfield Road fly-tipping

The woman, in her 40s and from Rugby, hired a ‘man in a van’ to remove rubbish from her home but failed to check if he held a valid waste carrier’s licence.

The man then dumped the waste in Gallowfield Road, near Gartree Prison, but an investigative team from Harborough District Council, who found the fly-tipping on 28 April 2021, traced it back to the property.

The woman was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice for £400 – an increase to the previous £300 penalty for the same offence.

The Council urged people to stay vigilant and use only reputable contractors and, if in doubt, don’t risk it.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council’s Cabinet lead for environment and waste, said: “If anyone has failed to check that a person, or business, removing waste from their property is allowed to by law, and that rubbish is fly-tipped, they will now receive an increased fine. It is therefore crucial people ask questions and demand to see a valid waste carrier’s licence, or check on the Environment Agency website, before allowing waste to be removed.”

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 £35.04.

For further advice visit www.harborough.gov.uk/tip-off