A woman who paid for waste to be removed from her property has been fined £549 after it was fly-tipped in Hart.
The Alton resident pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care to ensure her waste was disposed of legally under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on 13 July.
The householder paid a person driving past her property £50 in cash to remove her waste which was later found fly-tipped at Clare Park Residential Home in Crondall. Following enquiries, she was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice which she initially disputed and then refused to pay which led to her court appearance.
Councillor Alan Oliver, Cabinet Member for Environment at Hart District Council, said “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which damages the environment, risks public health and costs taxpayers to clean up or, in this case, the landowner.
“Householders must remember they can be penalised if they employ someone to dispose of their waste which is then fly-tipped so they should always use a licensed waste carrier. If people excercise their duty of care it helps combat or put illegal fly-tippers out of business.
“Ignoring a Fixed Penalty Notice for the offence is not advised as this will ultimately lead to a court conviction.”
Residents can easily verify if someone is a registered waste carrier by checking their name or licence number details at www.hants.gov.uk/wasteandrecycling/flytipping.
If you see fly-tipping taking place, please report this to the Council by calling 01252 622122, giving details of the incident including the location, vehicle registration and description of the person(s). If you come across dumped waste, please report it online at fixmystreet.
The Council also collects bulky household refuse such as old furniture, sofas, washing machines, cookers and carpets, for a fee. More details at www.hart.gov.uk/household-waste.
15 July 2021