A Bedford man has been fined £1,100 for allowing his waste to be dumped in East Northamptonshire and ignoring his £300 penalty.
East Northamptonshire Council’s (ENC) waste services team was called to a fly-tipping incident in Rushden last April.
Officers found a large pile of waste material, including black sacks, kitchen items and light fittings scattered on the ground in the car park at Ditchford Lakes.
Among this rubbish, they found evidence relating to Mr Shab Uddin, who admitted to paying an unlicensed carrier to take his waste away.
Shab Uddin accepted a fixed penalty of £300 for failure to produce the correct documentation for the transportation of waste.
But he failed to make any payments for this fixed penalty so the matter was referred to Northampton Magistrates’ Court.
On March 1 he was found guilty and ordered to pay £1,100 in fines and costs.
Council leader Steven North said: “Residents should take care when employing anyone to remove waste from their property.
“It is the resident’s responsibility to ensure that any waste material is disposed of correctly.
“Any reputable waste carrier will be able to provide you with their waste carriers licence information and leave you with some documentation which clearly states what type and how much waste there is, who you have transferred your waste to, details of their waste carriers registration and the address the material has been collected from.
“If your waste is found to be fly-tipped and you cannot provide this information then you may be liable for a fine or prosecution.”
The council’s waste manager, Charlotte Tompkins, added: “There are two ways to make sure your waste is going to be disposed of safely.
“Firstly, there are details of licensed waste carriers on the Government website.
“So don’t book a removal before checking there first.
“Secondly, we offer a service to collect bulky items from any doorstep in East Northamptonshire.
“For less than £26 we’ll take away up to seven items, such as furniture or carpet, and leave residents with peace of mind that their rubbish won’t come back to haunt them.”
To find out if a company is a licensed waste carrier visit www.gov.uk and search for ‘access the public register for environmental information’.
For more information about the council’s household bulky waste collection service, visit www.east-northamptonshire.gov.uk/bulkywaste or call 01832 742026.