Three people are counting the cost of using unlicensed carriers to dispose of their waste - after receiving heavy fines when it was fly-tipped in the countryside.
The enforcement action has been taken by Daventry District Council (DDC) as part of a national crackdown on criminals who charge householders to take away their rubbish, and then dump it illegally.
New legislation introduced recently gives councils the power to fine people up to £400 if they hand their rubbish to an unlicensed firm which goes on to fly-tip it.
And those powers have been used by DDC on a number of occasions recently following fly-tipping in rural areas.
One resident was fined £400 after rubbish they had paid someone to dispose of was found left by the side of a lane between Whilton and Little Brington.
Another £400 fine was issued to someone after their neighbour offered to take their old fridge freezer and a number of other unwanted items to the recycling centre – but dumped them in a field near Church Brampton instead.
And a plumber was issued with a £300 fine after paying two men in a van £80 to dispose of trade waste which ended up thrown by the side of the road.
DDC is urging people to make sure they check that anyone who they ask to remove their rubbish is properly licensed and to protect themselves by taking the following steps:
- Check they hold a waste carrier licence. You can check by visiting the Environment Agency websiteor by calling 03708 506506
- Ask to see a copy of the licence and check that is has not expired
- Get a written receipt with a description of the waste and details of where it is being taken
- Note down details of the vehicle that is taking your waste away.
Councillor Richard Auger, Health and Housing Portfolio Holder at Daventry District Council said: “Councils and other agencies are doing all they can to target criminals who illegally dump waste, but residents can play a role in this too, by ensuring they only use licensed, responsible operators.
“Many unlicensed waste operators target people via social media, offering cheap rates to remove unwanted furniture, white goods and other bulky items – but I would urge people not to be taken in - if the collection and disposal price is very low it is likely the contractors are not paying for the waste to be properly disposed of, and will simply dump it instead. In addition to blighting the land, this practice also undermines the operation of legitimate licensed waste contractors.
“Please protect yourself by taking a few simple steps to check that the person you are giving your waste to is licensed to dispose of it properly, and lets work together to tackle these criminals.”
Anyone who witnesses the illegal dumping of waste is urged to report it to the Council at www.daventrydc.gov.uk/online
Residents are also reminded that a range of household goods can be recycled at the household waste and recycling centres at Daventry and Brixworth, while DDC’s waste and recycling collections partner Daventry Norse operates a bulky waste collection service for larger items.
Find out more on our fly-tipping page