A councillor has advised Cambridgeshire residents to “check who you are paying” to dispose of rubbish following two separate convictions over illegal dumping.
Abraham Smith, from Whaddon, was fined £500 after he admitted dumping an assortment of unwanted household waste, including a sofa, in a bridleway. An unnamed householder was awarded a formal caution and a £60 fine for giving material to Smith in order for it to be disposed.
In an unrelated case, Debbie Yarrow of Cambridge was fined £350 and made to pay costs of £510 after she paid someone she did not know to take rubbish, including deck chairs and fencing, which was subsequently flytipped.
Mick Martin – “If they don’t have a waste carrier licence you could find yourself in court as it is your responsibility to make sure the waste is disposed of correctly”
Although Yarrow failed to attend the court hearing, she was found guilty of failing in her duty of care under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in her absence.
South Cambridgeshire District Council cabinet member for the environment, Councillor Mick Martin, said: “Fly tipping is something our residents detest and these cases highlight how important it is to check who you are paying to take your rubbish way.
“If they don’t have a waste carrier licence you could find yourself in court as it is your responsibility to make sure the waste is disposed of correctly. We will continue to take a tough stance of fly tipping and would urge people to step forward and report it if you see this crime being carried out.”