Fly tipping residents fined £300

Two residents from Ripley have been fined £300 by Guildford Borough Council's Joint Enforcement Team (JET) officers after they gave their household waste to someone who later fly tipped it.

The couple who had recently refurbished their bathroom were approached by a man who saw the old bathroom suite and rubbish in their garden and offered to dispose of it for cash. They failed to check the credentials of the man and he later fly tipped the waste.

Lead Councillor for Licensing, Environmental Health and Community Safety, Cllr Graham Ellwood says: "We take issues like this extremely seriously - it is a crime that affects the environment - and we work in partnership with the police and our other enforcement partners to identify and prosecute offenders where necessary. People must take extra caution when disposing of their waste. Checking whether a company is a registered waste carrier is quick and easy to do; it is not worth the risk of a fine or prosecution. It's important that people remember they have a duty of care and a responsibility to dispose of their litter correctly."

The couple were identified by paperwork found amongst the rubbish and following an interview under caution they chose to pay a fixed penalty notice of £300 rather than face prosecution.

JET Officers have also issued three £150 fixed penalty tickets to motorists who they have seen throwing litter from their vehicles in the borough. Recent changes in legislation are enabling Guildford Borough Council to give fixed penalty tickets to the DVLA registered keeper of a vehicle where litter is seen being thrown from it. The keeper is held responsible for the offence.

It is an offence to fly tip rubbish, or for residents or businesses to pass on their waste to someone who then fly tips it. To report fly tipping, residents should use our online report fly tipping form or call our Customer Service Centre on 01483 505050. For more information, see our Getting rid of waste - what you need to check page. If you ask someone to dispose of rubbish for you, we advise that you get details of the company and who you are working with, check the company against the list of registered waste carriers https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/index and get a receipt and keep this information for six months. If you need any advice, or have any concerns, please contact the Council.

Published on Wednesday 13 February.