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Courts fine man hundreds for fly tipping

Published Monday, 10 April 2017

A London man who fly tipped in East Northants has been fined £717 at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

In October 2016, East Northamptonshire Council’s (ENC) waste officers found bags of builders’ waste left in a lay-by on the A427, just outside Upper Benefield.

Evidence was discovered relating to a shop refurbishment in Leicester where it was traced to a building company in London who employed a sub contractor to carry out the works including the disposal of the waste.

Contact was made with the sub contractor, Fabio Fortuna of London, who responded to a Section 108 notice stating that he was responsible for fly tipping in order to clean out his work van for the next day.

On 28 March, Fortuna pleaded guilty to the offence and was ordered to pay a £237 fine, costs of £450 and a £30 victim surcharge.

ENC’s Waste Manager, Charlotte Tompkins, said: “Our lay-bys and roads are not for cleaning out litter and rubbish from our vehicles.

“If you have waste from your work vehicle and you do not dispose of it properly then you are committing an offence. Any waste material, whether that is the wrapping from your lunch or the materials or rubbish left over from a job must be disposed of properly. Please make sure you take it back to your office, workshop or depot and dispose of the material in the correct containers provided by your employers.

“Local Authorities spend vast sums of money picking up the litter that the public drop and these resources could be used for critical services if everyone remembered that our countryside is not a dumping ground.”

Trade waste can be taken to Rushden Household Waste and Recycling Centre on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 10am – 6pm. Alternatively ENC offers a trade waste collection service for non hazardous small items, for more information on this service please call the waste helpline number on 01832 742026.

If you see somebody fly tipping, please report it online or by phone 01832 742026. The more information you can give, the better chance ENC has of prosecuting so, 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)

More information about ENC’s waste service.