News release from 15/07/2020

Fine for fly-tipper who dumped waste outside household recycling centre

Fine for fly-tipper who dumped waste outside household recycling centre

A man who fly-tipped cardboard boxes and packaging close to a Household Recycling Centre has been fined.

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Environmental Health Enforcement Officer was sent to investigate after reports of rubbish being dumped on grass next to Milton Household Recycling Centre back in April.

Cardboard boxes and plastic packaging were discovered at the scene, with address labels still stuck to the boxes. This led the Council’s Enforcement Officer to an address in Cambridge.

One of the people living at the address admitted the fly-tip and was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice of £400, or £240 if paid within 10 days.

Cllr Brian Milnes

South Cambridgeshire District Council’s Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services and Licensing, Cllr Brian Milnes (pictured - above), said: “Having made the effort to take all of this cardboard and packaging right to the gates of a Household Recycling Centre, it makes no sense to have dumped it outside. Much of this fly-tip was cardboard and could simply have been broken down and put into the blue bin. We hate fly-tipping as much as our communities do. We will always try to track down whoever dumps waste in the countryside and that is exactly what we have done here. We have a shared responsibility to look after our District, but small numbers of people can create disproportionate problems. Please, dispose of your waste responsibly and report fly-tipping you come across to us so we can investigate.”

If your waste is fly tipped by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a fixed penalty notice of up to £400. If you leave items beside street bins and recycling banks, on the floor of communal bin areas or outside closed recycling centres and charity shops, this is all fly-tipping.

Everyone has a legal 'duty of care' to ensure their household or business waste is disposed of correctly. You can be prosecuted even if your waste is fly-tipped by someone else on your behalf. Always use a registered waste carrier, which you can verify on the Environment Agency website, to provide a skip or collect your rubbish so you can be confident that it will not end up dumped.

If you witness someone fly-tipping, call the police on 999 and report it as an environmental crime in progress. Report fly-tipping that you come across to us.