A man has been left with a court bill of £1,800 after rubbish from a car he had sold was fly-tipped in a car park in Loughborough.
Charnwood Borough Council prosecuted Craig Nash, 32 of Stirling Avenue, Loughborough after the waste was found in the car park at the end of Swingbridge Road.
At Leicester Magistrates’ Court, Nash pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence, which means he failed to ensure that the waste would be disposed of by someone with a waste carrier licence issued by the Environment Agency.
The court was told that the Council received a report of a fly-tip in Swingbridge Road on May 9 last year. An officer visited the scene and found three black bags of rubbish, a pallet and a large three seater settee. The officer found two letters addressed to Mr Nash.
Nash was invited to attend three interviews with council officers but failed to attend any.
The court was told Nash had sold a vehicle which had three black bags of waste in the back and the new owner of the vehicle must have dumped the waste.
Nash had attempted to find the details of the person the vehicle had been sold to but was unable to. He said the sofa and pallet were not his.
Nash was fined £353 and ordered to pay £1,452 in costs and a £32 victim surcharge.
Following the hearing, Cllr Margaret Smidowicz, lead member for regulatory services, said: “Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and we do not tolerate it in Charnwood. If we are able to issue a fine or prosecute then we will not hesitate to do so.
“Fly-tipping is so unnecessary and creates an eyesore in our beautiful borough and can also be harmful to the environment.
“People need to take responsibility for their own waste and ensure it is disposed of correctly.”
If you spot any fly-tipped waste, please call the borough council on 01509 634563 or use our online reporting form www.charnwood.gov.uk/fly_tipping.