Don’t be fooled by fly-tippers

Wednesday, 2 October, 2019

Don’t be taken in by ‘unbelievable’ prices. That’s the message from East Hampshire District Council after two men were fined for fly-tipping rubbish in the district.

EHDC has played its part in bringing prosecutions against two fly-tippers who promised to dispose of residents’ rubbish for a knock-down fee.

Aaron Dubber (35), of Forest Side Avenue, Havant, was paid £30 to take away refuse including children’s toys and a plastic playhouse. Instead of disposing of the waste legally he dumped it at Slant Hill, in Blendworth.

Following an investigation by East Hampshire District Council, he pleaded guilty to Portsmouth Magistrates Court to illegally depositing waste and received a £320 fine and was ordered to pay a £32 victim surcharge and £360 costs.

Elsewhere, Ben Bennett (32), of Hayling Island, promised to safely dispose of rubbish for just £20 but instead arranged for it to be tipped in Pyle Lane, Horndean, and Hulbert Road, Havant.

He pleaded guilty at Portsmouth Magistrates Court to knowingly allowing the illegal deposit of waste and was given 13 weeks imprisonment suspended for 12 months and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge £115.

This investigation was carried out in partnership between East Hampshire District Council and The Environment Agency.

Cllr Ingrid Thomas, EHDC’s Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhood Quality, said: “If someone offers to take away your waste for a price that’s so low it seems unbelievable, you need to be aware that the waste may not be disposed of properly.

“Residents are responsible for the disposal of their own waste, so make sure you always use a licensed waste carrier and make sure they hand over a waste transfer note.

“Fly tips damage the environment, present a public health risk and costs thousands of tax payers’ pounds a year to clear up. EHDC will always investigate tips and we will prosecute the fly-tippers if we can.”

For more information about disposing of waste safely go to: www.easthants.gov.uk/fly-tipping