Mem­ory lapse costs man £350 for dumped rub­bish

RES­I­DENT SAYS HE FOR­GOT TO AR­RANGE A COUN­CIL COL­LEC­TION

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A Ry­hope man who moved house with­out ar­rang­ing a bulky waste col­lec­tion for fur­ni­ture he no longer needed has been hit with a £350 penalty.

The res­i­dent dumped a sofa, bed base, mat­tress and sev­eral bags of house­hold waste in the back lane out­side his home in Moir Ter­race, in­tend­ing to ar­range a bulky waste col­lec­tion af­ter an ac­quain­tance who said he would dis­pose of it failed to show up.

But he ended up hav­ing to pay a £350 fixed penalty no­tice for the of­fence as an al­ter­na­tive to pros­e­cu­tion, af­ter the rub­bish was re­ported to Sun­der­land City Coun­cil.

Coun Michael Mordey, Deputy Leader of Sun­der­land City Coun­cil, said: “As a coun­cil we are de­ter­mined to clamp down on peo­ple who blight their neigh­bour­hood by dump­ing rub­bish ir­re­spon­si­bly.

“Peo­ple have got to re­alise they can’t just put waste out and for­get about it.

“House­hold­ers have a le­gal duty of care to make sure that waste is dis­posed of law­fully and fail­ing to do so is an of­fence.

“And while this proved to be a very costly mem­ory lapse for this par­tic­u­lar res­i­dent, I hope it also serves as a timely re­minder to any­one who is mov­ing house to make sure they have made ar­range­ments to dis­pose of any bulky items re­spon­si­bly be­fore putting them out­side.

“I’d ad­vise any­one with large items of fur­ni­ture or fridges to dis­pose of to use the coun­cil’s bulky waste ser­vice, which costs £17.50 to get rid of up to eight items, or a li­censed waste col­lec­tor to avoid end­ing up fac­ing costly charges or fines.”

Any­one who sees any­one fly tip­ping or drop­ping lit­ter can re­port it anony­mously to: https://www. sun­der­land.gov.uk/ar­ti­cle/12416/Re­port-fly-tip­ping.

Since the launch of Sun­der­land City Coun­cil’s En­vi­ron­men­tal En­force­ment Pol­icy last Fe­bru­ary, the En­vi­ron­men­tal En­force­ment Team has car­ried out 4,168 in­ves­ti­ga­tions into en­vi­ron­men­tal crimes across the city, in­clud­ing lit­ter­ing, dog foul­ing and fly-tip­ping.

This has re­sulted in more than 500 for­mal warn­ings be­ing is­sued and 165 fines is­sued for waste of­fences across the city.

The Echo’s ‘Clean Streets’ cam­paign aims to sup­port the city coun­cil in keep­ing Sun­der­land look­ing its best – and you can help.

Know a lit­ter/rub­bish blackspot? Send us in your pic­tures – ei­ther via our Face­book and Twit­ter pages or email them to echo. news@north­east-press. co.uk.

Busi­nesses, schools, com­mu­nity groups – are you in­volved in clean-up projects in your com­mu­ni­ties? Let us know ei­ther through the same chan­nels or call the news­desk on (0191) 5017326.

The dumped rub­bish in Moir Ter­race, Ry­hope.

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