Pair punished for fly tipped waste

6 December 2012

Released on 26 November 2012
Council investigators have brought two more fly tippers to justice after fine were handed out by Magistrates.

Ralph Reynolds, 30, of Brickhills in Willingham, pleaded guilty to dumping a large amount of builder's rubbish in Long Holme Drove, near Earith, with Magistrates hitting him with a £200 fine.

Evidence retrieved from the waste by South Cambridgeshire District Council's investigators led them to a shop in Anstey Way, Trumpington, where Mr Reynolds had carried out improvements to the drainage system as a sub-contractor. At the end of the works he had agreed to take the waste away without charge and dispose of it but instead dumped it in the countryside.

The court heard how Mr Reynolds tried to take the waste to the recycling centre Bluntisham - which does not accept trade waste - but upon finding it closed he disposed of it in Long Holme Drove, Earith.

He was also ordered to pay £100 Council costs and victim surcharge of £15.

In a second case, Violet Willett, 44, of Orchard Road, Histon, pleaded guilty for failing in her duty of care to ensure that her waste was disposed of lawfully - despite her husband running a landscape gardening business from their address and being registered as a waste carrier.

She was fined £200 with the Council's costs of £100 being awarded as well as a victim surcharge of £15.

Members of the public discovered the domestic waste in Long Drove, Waterbeach, and evidence recovered led enforcement officers to Violet Willett. She admitted paying people she didn't know £90 to take it away when they called at her address.

Following the case Council waste bosses are reiterating their warning to householders that they must check people are authorised waste carriers registered with the Environment Agency before agreeing for them to remove their rubbish.

Cllr Sue Ellington, South Cambridgeshire District Council's cabinet member for environmental services, said:

"Residents detest fly tipping and we are doing all we can to clamp down on it. These cases highlight how we track down the people who are responsible and make sure they face the consequences of their actions. Please remember that if someone calls at your door offering to take your waste away check they are eligible to do so. If waste from your home is dumped in the countryside you are responsible and will face the penalty."

To check for licensed traders visit www.environment-agency.gov.uk and search the public register for waste carriers. You can also telephone 08708 506 506.

If you see someone in the act of fly tipping please contact the Police on 999. To report waste that has been fly tipped, please contact Chris Bradley at South Cambridgeshire District Council on 03450 450 063, or email chris.bradley@scambs.gov.uk.

Last Updated: 26 November 2012  13:29