Rossendale Council Issues Fly Tipping Fine
|Published: 16th May 2012 12:11|
A businessman from Great Harwood whose waste ended up fly tipped in Rossendale has been fined by Rossendale Council.
Waste from his business was found last December at Clod Lane in Haslingden, a site which has become a fly tipping hotspot in recent months. The businessman admitted that he had allowed his waste to be collected by an as yet unidentified ‘white van man' who then illegally dumped the waste on the rural lane in Rossendale.
The businessman received a £180 fine for failing to provide documentation relating to the transfer and disposal of the waste.
All business owners and householders are required to make sure that anyone picking up their waste is a registered waste carrier, and should always receive a receipt detailing what type of waste has been collected. The law is there to try and prevent waste being dumped illegally and blighting the environment.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Alyson Barnes said "This sends out a clear message to businesses and householders that they are ultimately responsible for what happens to their waste. Failing to make appropriate checks and get receipts could be costly if the waste is subsequently illegally dumped, as it's the business owner or householder who could be fined or prosecuted."
Rossendale Council investigates all cases of flytipping and where appropriate will issue a fine or prosecute offenders. Following this case the Council is urging businesses and householders having any waste removed from their property, to always check that anyone taking away their waste has a waste carriers licence, which any properly licensed registered waste carrier will carry with them and produce on request. This applies whether it's as part of a large rubbish clearance, house/business renovation, or even a simple maintenance job.
The Council also advise getting the name, address and vehicle registration number of anyone removing waste so that they can be traced if that waste is found disposed of illegally, otherwise the business or homeowner leaves themselves at risk of prosecution and possibly a criminal record.
For more information about how you can prevent your waste being fly tipped, contact Rossendale Council's Communities Team on 01706 217777.