A Cambridge resident has been fined £300 after a pile of rubbish was found dumped in the countryside. The waste was found near Impington Farm farm and reported to South Cambridgeshire District Council (SCC).
The council launched an investigation and traced the rubbish back to the Cambridge resident – who had arranged a waste collection without checking it would be properly disposed of. During an interview it was found that they had failed to check where their household rubbish was being taken, leading it to being dumped in the village.
As a result, they were hit with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN)of £300. The FPN was for the offence of failing to ensure all reasonable measures were taken to secure their waste or to prevent anyone else committing a fly tipping offence with it.
Cllr Henry Batchelor, Lead Cabinet Member for Environmental Services at the council, said: “It is imperative that anyone hired to remove waste is checked against the public registers of the Environment Agency on their website, and that written documents are transferred to show what the waste is and where it is to be disposed of safely. Equally, it is a legal requirement for all householders to take every measure possible to secure their waste until such time as it is collected by an authorised collector.
“Failure to do so, constitutes a criminal offence and as in this case can result in prosecution or Fixed Penalty Notices of up to £400.” Cllr Dr Martin Cahn, a ward member for Impington, said: “We are pleased to see this fly tipping incident dealt with swiftly leading to a Fixed Penalty Notice.
“We hope this will act as a deterrent to anybody else thinking of ruining our beautiful countryside and villages through the highly anti-social behaviour of dumping rubbish. I have been asking about the restoration of the old Impington Farm building nearby as part of the Darwin Green proposals and so keeping this area tidy is of personal interest. It is vital that people do not see this area, or indeed any locations, as an easy target for fly-tipping.”