West Lancashire Borough Council is warning residents they could be fined if they don't check that people they pay to dispose of rubbish are licensed to do so.
The warning has come after a woman who advertised a business on Facebook to dispose of people's rubbish pleaded guilty at Wigan Magistrates Court to four offences of causing flytipping. Emily Jo Banks, of Egerton, Skelmersdale, was fined £300 and ordered to pay £908.15 costs and a £30 victim surcharge a total of £1,238.15.
The court heard that significant flytips were found deposited on Egerton, Ennerdale, Elmridge and Elmstead in Tanhouse, Skelmersdale. This waste was found to have come from two properties in the Warrington and Wigan areas.
The Council made extensive enquiries with the occupiers of these properties and through social media and this waste was traced back to Miss Banks. She was advertising a business on Facebook where she offered to take people's waste away from their homes and had charged the residents for taking this waste.
At the court Miss Banks pleaded guilty allowing this waste to escape her control and to failing to provide waste transfer notes as well.
Miss Banks was not a licenced waste carrier. The Council would also like to remind all householders and businesses 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 collect 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 visiting Environment Agency (external link).
In another case heard at Wigan Magistrates court on the same day Kyrell Caldwell, of Tawd Road, Skelmersdale, pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping related offence of failing to comply with a legal notice from the Council. The notice requested information regarding a fly-tip found in Tawd Road. Mr Caldwell was fined £200 and ordered to pay £397.18 costs and a victim surcharge of £30, making a total of £627.18.
Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: "Flytipping is a criminal offence and the strong action taken by the Council and the courts in these two cases illustrates how serious it is. Those found guilty can face serious penalties.
"The Council will continue to crackdown on flytipping and litter to protect the local environment."
If you think waste has been disposed of illegally then you can report this to the Council at flytipping. You can also report problems with litter or fly-tipping by calling 01695 577177 between 8.30am and 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.