Flytipping by unauthorised scrap men costs resident £180 fine

Rubbish dumped by Emma Milligan's 'scrap man'. EMN-150318-164904001
Rubbish dumped by Emma Milligan's 'scrap man'. EMN-150318-164904001

When large household waste items need disposing of in a correct and safe manner, a credible removal or scrap service must be sought, else it could lead to a court date and fines – as one local resident has discovered.

Gemma Milligan from Freeston Road, Heckington had a large number of items at her premises that needed removing. The items included a number of Sky boxes, an old hoover, and old food packaging. She sought the help of some scrap men in order to dispose of the items for her.

However, on July 28 2014, a resident reported to North Kesteven District Council a quantity of waste that had been dumped at the side of Thorpe Road, Ewerby whilst out dog walking. Officers attended the scene and seized the items, then traced them back to Miss Milligan.

During an interview on October 9, Miss Milligan admitted the items were hers and claimed that she did not take any details from the men who came to collect the items to check they were authorised to dispose of waste. She mentioned they initially came to collect a washing machine from her.

She was charged under section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and pleaded guilty to the offence at Lincoln Magistrates Court on Monday March 9. She stated she was not aware she had to take any steps to ensure her waste was disposed of correctly. She was fined £110, and ordered to pay a contribution to costs of £50 and a £20 victim surcharge. She was warned by the chairman of the Bench to also be more proactive the next time she needed someone to collect her waste.

NKDC offers a bulky item collection for residents, which for a small charge means they can get rid of large domestic or electrical items in a responsible manner. It costs £11 for up to three items, or £22 for four to six items and can be arranged by speaking to the Customer Services Team on 01529 414155.

Commenting on the case later, Coun Richard Wright, North Kesteven’s Executive Member with oversight of waste management, said: “As a council, we are working really hard to stamp out fly tipping incidents in the district, which may mean we take people to court for their actions.

“Unfortunately for Miss Milligan, the law states that the household is accountable for checking that waste is disposed of in the correct manner. Whilst she may have arranged for someone to collect her waste, it was her responsibility to ensure the men were authorised

“We want to continue having a clean and tidy district. In order for the council to ensure this, we work with our residents to help them dispose of a variety of waste properly, and aid those who may be struggling. We hope that residents in the district can also learn from Miss Milligan’s lesson.”

You can report sightings of fly tipping in the district quickly on the website: http://www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/residents/waste-recycling-and-your-environment/litter-and-fly-tipping/to-report-fly-tipping/