AN EVESHAM man has pleaded guilty to duty of care breaches for fly tipping after a large pile of rubbish was dumped in a Vale village.
Reg Smith of Hipton Hill appeared at Worcester Magistrate’s Court on Friday, July 7 where he pleaded guilty to the charge after an investigation found he failed to ensure the rubbish was disposed of correctly.
The court heard how Smith claimed he had passed the waste to another man believing it would be disposed of correctly and apologised for the fact that it had been dumped.
The fly tipping was then found on a private road next to the Jubilee Bridge in Fladbury and included builders bags, laminate flooring, wood off cuts and cardboard. The private landowner cleared the dumped waste.
Smith was handed a 12 month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £225 towards Wychavon District Council’s prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £15.
Sharon Casswell, Client Services Manager at Wychavon, said: “Fly tipping is an eyesore and dangerous to road users and animals if left in the carriageway.
“Wychavon will always pursue a fly tipping cause if there are any leads as to who fly tipped the waste whether on public or private land.
“In 2015/16 Wychavon spent about £50,000 in enforcement and clean up costs.
“Residents are reminded to check every time they use someone, whether a local trader or a large company, to do work in or outside your home or solely to remove your domestic waste that they are a registered waste carrier and will take your waste to a licensed disposal facility.
“Do not be tempted to just use anyone without checking, as if your waste ends up fly tipped you might get a fine of up to £10,000.”
Fly tipping can be reported at any time by visiting www.wychavon.gov.uk.