Tina Charlton fined £200 after her rubbish is illegally dumped in Gorleston
PUBLISHED: 11:21 25 May 2017 | UPDATED: 17:20 25 May 2017
A woman was fined £200 after her rubbish was illegally dumped by a doorstep waste collector.
Tina Charlton, 32, of Baliol Road, Gorleston, admitted in court she did not check whether a collector was legitimate when she handed over bags of garden waste.
On June 16, 2016, a large pile of plastic bags, containing mainly garden waste, was found abandoned in a grass area along Woodfarm Lane, Gorleston.
A search of the waste led the rangers to Charlton’s home, but there is no suggestion that she dumped the waste.
She was found guilty of breaching the householder duty of care, fined £200 at Great Yarmouth Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge.
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A spokesman for the borough council said one of their priorities is to support people who want to contribute to enhancing the borough, and to challenge people and their behaviour when they disrupt others’ quality of life.
Chairman of the borough council’s environment committee, Carl Smith, said much of the fly-tipping in the countryside stems from unlicensed waste collectors.
He added: “The continued existence of illegal household waste collectors is a result of householders failing to comply with their duty of care to check that anyone collecting waste from their home has a licence.
“While the environmental rangers will prosecute illegal waste collectors where there is enough evidence, they are hard to catch because they dump other people’s waste and any evidence found normally leads to the door of the householder, who can’t help identify the collector.
“So the main message is if someone knocks at your door offering to remove waste and the price seems too good to be true, think carefully, ask to see their licence and double check it on the Environment Agency’s public register before allowing them to take it. If they can’t show it, report them to the authorities – we would much rather catch them than prosecute householders.”
Residents can call the Environment Agency on 08708 506506, or check the public register online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister
A spokesman for the borough council said the quickest way to report an environmental crime is to download the ‘Report IT GY’ spp, or you can call 01493 846478.