Women prosecuted for separate waste and littering offences

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

A WILNECOTE woman who passed her rubbish on to a third party who later fly-tipped it has had to pay a total of £435 after she pleaded guilty to a waste offence.

Joyce Hodgson, who lives in Falcon, attended Stafford Magistrates Court on Wednesday October 15 where she pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the Duty of Care under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The court heard that Mrs Hodgson had given her rubbish to a collector to dispose of in May, but had not recorded any details of the collector.

The rubbish was later fly-tipped at Laundry Lane in Shuttington and was traced back to Mrs Hodgson because it contained utility bills with her name and address on them.

Magistrates fined Mrs Hodgson £65, as well as ordering her to pay £350 costs and a victim surcharge of £20.

In a separate case, a woman who dropped a cigarette end in Tamworth town centre ended up with a bill for £482.16 after she was prosecuted by Tamworth Borough Council.

Lara Bartin, 30, of Wandsbeck in Belgrave, was spotted by a street warden dropping the cigarette end on May 9 this year. She was given an £80 fixed penalty notice for littering, which she failed to pay.

Ms Bartin was found guilty of littering in her absence at Stafford Magistrates Court on October 15. She was fined £200 for the offence of littering, ordered to pay costs of £262.16 and a victim surcharge of £20.Litter bin facts

Cllr Michelle Thurgood, Cabinet member for the Environment and Waste Management, said: “Littering and fly-tipping are unacceptable and are criminal offences. We will always take action against anyone caught failing to dispose of their waste correctly, fly-tipping or dropping litter in Tamworth.

“Residents may not be aware that if they pass their waste on to someone who goes on to dump it unlawfully, then they run the risk of being prosecuted for duty of care offences themselves, or if they leave items out for scrap men go on to dump them unlawfully.

“The borough council spends almost £1 million every year cleaning up fly-tipping and litter; money that could be used to provide more beneficial services. Prosecuting and publicising such cases will, we hope, make individuals aware of the penalties that they can face as the result of their careless actions.”

Since April 2013, the following penalties have been issued:

  • 12 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPN) issued and paid for littering from cars
  • 28 FPNs issued and paid for littering in the street
  • 5 prosecutions for littering and waste offences after non-payment of FPN
  • 26 juveniles carrying out litter picks instead of paying a FPN

 Anyone who spots an act of fly-tipping or littering is encouraged to report it by contacting Tamworth Borough Council on 01827 709709.