Hitchin man ordered to pay £1,000 after illegal fly-tipping
PUBLISHED: 10:34 12 March 2019 | UPDATED: 11:11 12 March 2019
A Hitchin man has been ordered to pay more than £1,000 after waste from his property was illegally fly-tipped by an unlicensed waster carrier.
Arshad Mahmud, 56, of Hillfield Avenue, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care to dispose of waste appropriately at Stevenage Magistrates’ Court on March 1.
An investigation by North Herts District Council’s Environmental Crime Team found that in August last year, Mahmud had paid £40 to have construction material from his property, cardboard boxes and wooden pallets disposed by a waste carrier, without checking their licence.
The waste was dumped illegally on a field in Priory Farm, Little Wymondley, with NHDC being able to trace it back to Mahmud.
He was fined £300, order to pay £752.74 in legal costs and a victim surcharge of £30, totalling £1,082.74.
Councillor Bernard Lovewell, NHDC’s executive member for housing and environmental health, said: “This case highlights the importance of checking that a waste carrier has a licence to dispose of waste before handing your waste over.
“If they are unlicensed and fly-tip your waste, you can be held legally responsible if the waste is traced back to you.”
To report fly-tipping visit north-herts.gov.uk/home/transport-and-streets/street-cleaning/fly-tipping.