Woman fined in Grateley - for someone else dumping her waste

Woman fined in Grateley - for someone else dumping her waste

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 11:54am 15th January 2019.

Rachel Matthews has had to pay £210 after she failed to check that the person getting rid of her waste was legally registered.

Rachel agreed to let someone get rid of her rubbish in June 2018.

She failed to check whether the waste carrier was licensed to remove the waste - which ended up being fly-tipped.

It was found dumped in bushes along Grateley Drove last year, and consisted of drink cans and food containers wrapped in carrier and bin bags.

Fly tipping Grateley (TVBC)

Test Valley Borough Council cleared the waste and began investigating who dumped it.

Despite an investigation, the person who illegally dumped the waste was not identified.

Rachel Matthews was given an £80 fine and ordered to pay a £30 victim surcharge as well as £100 costs, bringing her total outlay to £210.

Environmental portfolio holder, councillor Graham Stallard said:

"I hope this particular case serves as a strong reminder to people that they are responsible for their own waste.

"It is absolutely fine to arrange for someone to come and collect your waste for you but that does not mean your responsibility ends there. You must ensure that person or company is a registered waste carrier. Ignorance of the law is absolutely no excuse."

Anyone can check whether a waste carrier is licensed via www.hants.gov.uk/fly-tipping.

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