Fined for dumping waste in garden of empty house

THE GARDEN of an empty house was used as a dumping ground for binfuls of soil by a Bulwell man, Nottingham Magistrates Court heard.

Ashley Hargreaves (25) was spotted fly-tipping the waste into the yard opposite his girlfriend’s house on Brooke Close.

He pleaded guilty to illegally depositing waste. He was fined £265 and ordered to pay £50 in compensation, plus £100 in costs.

The maximum fine for fly-tipping is £50,000 under the Environment Act 1990.

The case was investigated by by Nottingham City Council’s community protection ‘Envirocrime Team’.

Coun Alex Norris (Lab), lead member for cleansing and community safety at the city council, said: “Every year, illegal fly-tipping costs Nottingham City Council thousands of pounds to clear up.

“For household goods, we provide a free, bulky-waste collection-service. For other waste, citizens are responsible for ensuring that whether they have building or garden waste, it’s disposed of correctly and by a registered waste carrier. If it is found fly-tipped, they could face a similar penalty.

“We’re pleased to see the level of fine imposed by the court. It shows how seriously they take these offences.”