A senior councillor is warning residents to check the credentials of people offering to remove rubbish from their homes after a woman from Stoke on Trent was fined.
The woman has been handed a £200 fine after bags of waste from her house were found dumped by the side of the road in the north of Stafford Borough.
She claimed she had paid £40 to someone on Facebook to remove the six black bags of waste. They were found by the roadside on Cocknage Road near Rough Close.
Now Jonathan Price, Cabinet Member for Environment at the borough council, is reminding householders that they are responsible for the waste from their homes and to be careful before employing someone to remove it.
Councillor Price said: “It may seem like a quick fix to pay £40 for someone you find on social media to get rid of old furniture, or rubbish from a garage or loft clear out, but if they are not a registered waste carrier then you leave yourself open to a fine or even prosecution.”
The council has provided some tips to avoid breaking the law:
- Always check credentials of people offering to take rubbish https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers
- Ask where they are going to dispose of the waste
- Always get a receipt
And for more information www.staffordbc.gov.uk/alternative-waste-collectors
Councillor Price continued: “Private householders are liable for their waste until it is collected from them - and this must always be done by a registered waste carrier. By residents following our advice we can help reduce the number of fly tipping incidents in our beautiful borough.”
The woman from the Normacot area was given the £200 fixed penalty notice under ‘householder duty of care’ legislation for the offence last month.
Three other people have been fined in recent weeks for separate flytipping offences in the borough - a self employed builder from Walsall, a man from the Stoke on Trent area and another from Telford.
Press Release No 5646