Kettering firm hit with fly-tipping fine

A Kettering firm has been fined �800 for dumping this waste near Harrington
A Kettering firm has been fined �800 for dumping this waste near Harrington

A Kettering business which dumped carpets and soft furnishings in a country lane has been fined £800 in court.

Representatives of Ace House Removals Ltd appeared at Kettering Magistrates’ Court last Thursday (January 17) to say the firm was pleading guilty to offences under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, for failure to control their waste.

The court heard how on June 6 last year, Kettering’s environmental wardens attended a fly-tipping incident in Kelmarsh Road, Harrington, where they found a significant pile of household waste, including soft furnishings and carpets.

On investigation it was found that a householder, from whom the waste had originated, had employed a licensed waste carrier to remove waste from their property.

The waste carrier was interviewed, and subsequently Kettering Borough Council brought a prosecution under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, specifically that it shall be the duty of any person who carries waste to take all such measures that are reasonable to prevent the escape of waste from his control.

Last Thursday, magistrates imposed a fine of £800 on Ace House Removals, with costs of £200 being awarded to Kettering Borough Council and a £15 victim surcharge.

Cllr Mark Dearing, portfolio holder for the environment, said: “This case shows the efforts that are taken by our environmental warden service to ensure fly-tipping incidents are thoroughly investigated, and appropriate enforcement action is taken where necessary.”

A spokesman for the council added: “Kettering Council encourages anyone out and about in the Kettering area to let us know if they see someone fly tipping as we need witnesses to this sort of environmental crime, so we are able to pursue enforcement action against those responsible.

“Phone 01536 410333 with any information that you may have. Help us to help you keep our borough clean.”