East Hampshire District Council has issued a reminder that fly-tipping can be costly - even if someone else dumps your junk.
The council issued a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice to a Havant resident that paid for their waste to be removed, only for it to end up fly-tipped in a rural lane in Horndean.
Homeowners need to get the correct paperwork from anyone taking their rubbish away. If they do not, and their waste is tipped, they are liable to face a penalty charge.
In February enforcement officers investigated a tip of builder’s rubble and construction materials which completely blocked Boyes Lane.
They discovered the waste had been taken from a resident in Havant who paid £240 for it to be removed.
The resident admitted that the waste was theirs but could not give any details on who they had employed to remove it.
They were issued a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice for Failing to comply with their Duty of Care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Cllr Ingrid Thomas, Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “Fly-tipping is a blight on our environment and causes dangers to wildlife, motorists and visitors to our countryside. We all have a responsibility to protect our environment.
“If the resident in this case had been able to tell us who they had given their waste to, we would have been able to investigate and prosecute the fly tipper.
“When hiring someone take your waste away make sure you get the right paperwork, and then you can be more confident it is going to be disposed of responsibly.”
Visit www.hants.gov.uk/fly-tipping and follow the guidance before allowing your waste to be taken. Failure to do so could lead to your waste being fly-tipped and an unlimited fine or Fixed Penalty Notice for you.