Fine for failing duty of care

Latest NewsOriginally published 11th February 2011

A man whose rubbish was found dumped in his neighbour’s garden has been fined £65 and ordered to pay £15 victim support.

Christopher Bull who lived on Main Street in Kirby Muxloe at the time said he hired a ‘man with van’ to help clear his waste as he was moving house, but bags of rubbish ended up on his neighbour’s property who reported it to Blaby District Council.

When interviewed by council officers Bull said he did not remember the name of the company he hired and could not produce a receipt as he paid the bill in cash.

He was offered a fixed penalty notice for fly tipping but refused claiming he has done nothing wrong.

He pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court on 4th February 2011 and was fined under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Homeowners have a legal duty of care to dispose of their waste appropriately and if they employ anyone else to help they need to make sure they are a legitimate company with a licence to carry waste.

Blaby District Council offer a bulky item collection service and can also provide purple bags for extra waste or clear bags for garden waste.

Please call 0116 272 7555 or visit the Council’s website (link below) for more information.

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