A businessman will have to pay out more than £900 after being prosecuted for fly-tipping in West Lancashire.
At Wigan Magistrates Court on 26 July 2016 Daniel Brown, of Valentine Road, Newton-le-Willows, pleaded guilty to depositing items of furniture off College Road, Up Holland.
Magistrates heard how some rubbish was found on 5 April 2016 and traced back to Mr Brown by officers from West Lancashire Borough Council. He subsequently admitted in an interview with Council officers to depositing some items in Up Holland. He also told officers his intention was to return at a later date and set fire to the items, leading to the Council taking the matter to court.
Mr Brown pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was fined £220 . He was also ordered to pay a £22 victim surcharge and £697.37 costs, making a total of £939.37.
This case is the latest in a series of successful prosecutions against people from outside West Lancashire who have dumped rubbish in the borough.
Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “The Council is continuing to work hard to tackle fly-tipping and this case sends a strong message to all those thinking of illegally dumping waste in our area.
“Fly tipping is a serious criminal offence with fines of up to £50,000 possible for individuals found guilty of offences. There is no limit to the fines businesses could face if they are prosecuted.”
If you think waste has been disposed of illegally then you can report this to the Council 24 hours a day by visiting flytipping. Or you can call 01695 577177 between 8.30am and 5.30pm Monday to Friday.
The Council would also like to remind all householders that they need to make sure any waste that they have removed is disposed of legally. Anyone removing waste as part of a business must have a waste carriers licence and give waste transfer notes to whomever they take waste from. Householders can check if anyone who removes waste from them has a waste carriers’ licence by contacting the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or going to Environment Agency (external link).