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Fly tipping film fan faces a fine

12 May 2017

A Shepshed man who dumped waste including 50 DVDs and 200 CDs in a pub car park in the borough has been fined £200 for fly tipping.

The man had stopped off at the Rose and Crown Pub on Main Street in Zouch on his way to work in March this year. Without permission he used the pub’s trade waste bin to dump his household waste which included the CDs and DVDs along with an old games console, cables and cardboard boxes. Like all businesses, the Rose and Crown have to pay for their waste disposal which can be costly but luckily the incident was caught on camera and an invoice with the perpetrators name and address was also discovered amongst the waste, meaning he could be traced.

Thanks to new powers which came into force in May 2016, local authorities can issue on the spot fixed penalty notices of between £150 to £400 to anyone caught illegally dumping waste. If caught and prosecuted, fly tippers face a maximum sentence of a £50,000 fine or 12 months in prison. Householders also have a responsibility to ensure that household waste produced on their property is passed on to an authorised person to dispose of, and failure to do this can result in a £5,000 fine. You can check to see if your waste carrier is licensed on the Environment Agency website.