Salford City Council has warned householders to take care when using rubbish removal services after waste was dumped at a local beauty spot.
Stacey Gardiner (date of birth 5 January 1985) of Trafford Road, Eccles, told council officers she paid a man with a van to remove 20 bin bags from her property which were found dumped on private land at Twelve Yards Road, Irlam.
She refused to attend three meetings with the council to explain the circumstances, saying she “was not going to get done for it” and then failed to attend a court hearing. A warrant with bail was issued and she appeared at Manchester and Salford magistrates court on 6 December where she pleaded guilty to one offence of failing to ensure her household waste was transferred to an authorised person contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
She was fined £40 and ordered to pay costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £30.
The court heard that the rubbish consisted of 20 bin bags containing general household waste, two one tonne waste sacks and other rubbish. There was a strong, unpleasant smell and a group of rats fled as the officer approached the waste.
Speaking after the court case Councillor David Lancaster, lead member for environment and community safety, said: “If you hire someone to dispose of rubbish for you it is your legal responsibility to check they are licensed with the Environment Agency, so they are authorised to carry waste and always get a receipt or waste transfer note and their contact details. Otherwise, as has happened here, it can end up dumped on the streets of Salford and land you in trouble. Don’t let that happen to you.”
Salford City Council receives around 280 reports of flytipping a month and spends £140,000 every year investigating, cleaning up and disposing of dumped waste. This cost is met by the Council tax and business rates payers of Salford.
The prosecution was part of Operation Pandora aimed at investigating and deterring flytipping, which has seen 63 offenders successfully prosecuted for 82 offences over the last few years resulting in more than £68,000 in fines, costs, compensation and victim surcharges.