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24th Jul, 2021

Rugby woman becomes first to receive council's higher fine for fly-tipping offence

A WOMAN from Rugby has become the first to receive a new higher fine from Harborough District Council for ‘duty of care’ offences relating to fly-tipping.

The woman was fined £400 – up from £300 under tougher new measures – after she hired a ‘man in a van’ to remove rubbish from her home but failed to check if he held a valid waste carrier’s licence.

The man then dumped the waste in Gallowfield Road near Gartree Prison in Leicestershire – but an investigative team from Harborough District Council, who found the fly-tip in April, traced it back to her property.

The Council urged people to stay vigilant and use only reputable contractors – and not to risk it if in doubt.

Harborough District Council’s environment and waste spokesman Coun Jonathan Bateman said: “If anyone has failed to check that a person, or business, removing waste from their property is allowed to by law, and that rubbish is fly-tipped, they will now receive an increased fine.

“It is therefore crucial people ask questions and demand to see a valid waste carrier’s licence, or check on the Environment Agency website, before allowing waste to be removed.”

Visit for the council’s advice on how to dispose of waste which cannot go into wheeled bins.

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