Date: 12 October 2015
For Immediate Release
Taxpayer carrying the cost of a fly-tipping menace
The taxpayer has been left to foot the bill after a large amount of waste was dumped in a lay-by on the A413 near Silverstone.
The mixture of general domestic waste, garden waste, household appliances and the remains of a garden shed weighed 3/4 tonne.
Initial checks carried out by Environmental Enforcement Officers from South Northamptonshire Council uncovered material that may allow them to trace the person responsible for dumping the waste.
Councillor Dermot Bambridge, SNC’s portfolio holder for environmental services said: “If the evidence holds up we will not hesitate in using every resource at our disposal to recoup the Council’s costs and will push for a fine that will put out a clear message to others.
“We will not tolerate a flagrant disregard for the rules that are designed to protect our environment, to protect people from harm, and to protect our picturesque district."
At Magistrates’ Court anyone found guilty of fly-tipping could face a fine of up to £50,000 and/or a 12 month prison sentence. If the case goes to a Crown court they face an unlimited fine and/or up to five years in prison.
On previous occasions SNC Officers have found that householders have given waste to a van driver without checking they hold a Waste Carriers Licence issued by the Environment Agency.
A householder has a duty of care (http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/3933.htm) in connection with any waste they produce. Failure to take reasonable care in connection with waste can result in a householder appearing at Magistrates Court.
It costs up to £100 per tonne to landfill waste, but SNC officers reduced the cost of removing the waste by separating it out. The garden waste was sent to be processed for compost, while the household appliances were taken to the Farthinghoe Recycling and Reuse Centre on the A422.
Items for recycling may be taken to Farthinghoe Recycling Centre on the A422 one mile west of Farthinghoe , NN13 5PB.
SNC also runs a bulky waste collection service which costs £30 for up to six items (http://www.southnorthants.gov.uk/bulkywaste.htm). For further advice or to book a bulky waste collection call 01327 322344.
Residents can take domestic waste to the Towcester Recycling Centre, Old Greens Norton Road, Towcester, NN12 8AX which is operated by Northamptonshire County Council (http://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/en/councilservices/Environ/waste/Pages/household-waste-recycling-centres.aspx.)
Communications and PR officer
South Northamptonshire Council