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Council takes another fly tipper to court

Published Thursday, 14 January 2016

A Wellingborough resident was fined over one thousand pounds this month for fly tipping in East Northamptonshire.

In July 2015, the waste team at East Northamptonshire Council received a report of a very large pile of cardboard and wood, which could have easily been recycled, that had been fly tipped on the B645 between Chelveston and Hargrave.

An investigation found that some Wellingborough residents had knowingly allowed their rubbish to be removed by an unlicensed individual and so had committed an offence under the Control of Pollution Act. As a result, they were offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice of £300 each. Jason Chalmers refused to accept the penalty so the matter was then referred to Northampton Magistrates Court.

On 5 January 2016, Mr Chalmers was found guilty of failing to provide proof that he had used a registered waste carrier and was fined a total of £1,260.

Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council said:

"It’s important for residents to understand that we are all responsible for our own waste. If someone offers to remove your household rubbish for you, always check that they are a registered waste carrier. If they dispose of the waste illegally, you as the householder will still be liable and will face prosecution."

East Northamptonshire Council’s Waste Manager, Charlotte Tompkins, explained how to avoid a hefty fine:

"Legitimate waste collectors will be happy to provide you with their full name, address, phone number and Waste Carrier License. You can ask where they will take your waste and request a headed receipt for the work provided. Finally, take a note of the registration number of the vehicle that removes your waste."

If you see somebody fly tipping, report it online or call 01832 742026. If you can, please include:

  • The time and date of the incident
  • The location of the incident
  • A description of the person/s involved (e.g. sex, height, age, build)
  • A description of the vehicle used (registration number, make and model, colour)
  • A description of the waste being fly tipped (quantity and type of waste)

The more information you can give the better chance ENC has of prosecuting.