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Two prosecutions for fly-tipping offences

Two cases of fly-tipping have resulted in substantial fines after two people were found guilty of illegally disposing of waste in Uttlesford.

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Uttlesford District Council took both cases to Chelmsford Magistrates Court on Thursday 26 April.

Chris Boulton, of Goddard Way, Saffron Walden, pleaded guilty to dumping waste in Field Farm Drive, Great Chesterford in July 2017 without having a waste management licence. He had agreed to dispose of the waste which had come from a property in Little Canfield after the landscape company carrying out works at the property had recommended him to the owners.

Mr Boulton was ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work in the community over 12 months, during which time he will be subject to the supervision of the Probation Service. He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £85 and prosecution costs of £824.90.

In a separate case, Corina Popescu of Mill Close, Elsenham pleaded guilty to breaching her duty of care to ensure the proper disposal of waste after six bags of her household waste were found dumped on farmland in Hazel End, Farnham in August 2017. She had paid £20 in cash to an unidentified man to remove the waste, but made no attempt to establish to how he would dispose of it.

Ms Popescu was fined £240 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £500 contribution to prosecution costs.

Cllr Susan Barker, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: "Residents and businesses have a duty of care in ensuring their waste is disposed of properly and legally. Simply paying a third party such as 'man-with-a-van' to get rid of it for you is not good enough.

"Fly-tipping not only harms the environment, it looks unsightly and it costs the taxpayer to clear it up. I hope these successful prosecutions serve as a reminder that the council takes incidents of fly-tipping extremely seriously, and will take the firmest course of action when it has the evidence to do so."

Last autumn the council was part of a countywide campaign - called #CrimeNotToCare - which reminded residents they could unwittingly end up with a criminal record and face an unlimited fine if a rogue trader dumps their waste illegally.

Residents can get advice on how to dispose of waste correctly at www.recycleforessex.com/news-and-ideas/crime-not-to-care/.

Top tips to dispose of waste correctly

1) If you use a trader to remove your waste ask to see their waste carrier registration number issued by the Environment Agency. It is illegal for them to take your waste if they don't have a permit. Check their credentials and vehicle details at https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers

2) Make sure you get a receipt or transfer notice before your waste is taken away

3) Don't be afraid to ask where your waste is going and request paperwork that shows where it will be disposed. A legitimate waste carrier will not object to this questioning.

4) Protect yourself by being careful with your waste. Never leave rubbish, such as old washing machines or scrap metal on your drive or in the street as it could end up in the wrong hands. You can donate working items to reuse organisations or charity shops.

8 May 2018