Leicester Mercury

WOMAN FINED £300 AFTER HER RUBBISH IS FLY-TIPPED AT BEAUTY SPOT

- By ADRIAN TROUGHTON adrian.troughton@reachplc.com @adriantrou­ghton harborough.gov.uk/tip-off

A WOMAN from Oadby has been fined after rubbish from her garage was dumped at a beauty spot.

The woman, who is in her 50s, was fined after the person she hired to clear her garage fly-tipped the garbage on the banks of Saddington Reservoir, pictured.

Officials from Harborough District Council traced her from informatio­n contained in the pile, which included a mattress, footwear, furniture, toys and a plastic cone.

A council spokesman said: “When the fly-tipping was reported to Harborough District Council, its environmen­tal crime team investigat­ed and found evidence among the rubbish tracing it back to an Oadby resident.

“When interviewe­d, the woman, in her 50s, admitted hiring a man to take away her household rubbish in his van and failing to check whether he was registered to carry and dispose of the waste.

“She was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £300.”

Councillor Jonathan Bateman, Harborough District Council cabinet lead for environmen­t and waste, said: “We cannot say this more strongly; it is vital that people stay vigilant and check if someone is

SHE HAD HIRED MAN TO CLEAR GARAGE AND HE DUMPED WASTE

licensed to remove waste from their property.

“If you are in any doubt about whether the person or company removing your waste is licensed to do so, please do not use them. If it is illegally dumped, you will be held responsibl­e.” 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.

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

Take items to your local recycling and waste site (tip); hire a licensed waste carrier to remove your waste it is a legal requiremen­t to use a licensed waste carrier. 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.

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