Halstead woman ordered to pay more than £500 after pleading guilty to fly tipping
A Halstead woman has been ordered to pay more than £500, after rubbish was unlawfully dumped in three different locations.
Joanne Phillips, 42, of Brendon Drive, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court earlier this month when she pleaded guilty to fly-tipping.
Braintree District Council decided to take legal action after waste was discovered at three separate locations in Halstead, Little Maplestead and Ridgewell, which was later identified as having come from Phillips’ home.
When the council brought this to Phillips’ attention, she claimed she had paid an unknown third party to take away her waste, but it was determined that she had failed in her duty of care to ensure her waste had been disposed of properly.
Phillips was subsequently fined £120 and ordered to pay an additional £400 in costs, as well as a victim surcharge of £30.
Following the ruling, Wendy Schmitt, Braintree District Council’s cabinet member for environment and place, said: “These cases are a reminder that if it’s your waste, it is your responsibility.
“It raises the importance of the Love Essex Crime Not To Care campaign, which reminds people that, even if you give your waste to someone else and it’s dumped, you could end up with a hefty fine and a criminal record.
“You can help reduce fly-tipping by carrying out some easy checks to ensure you protect yourself.
“Simply make a note of who you have given your waste to and ask them for a waste carrier number and vehicle details.”
Braintree District Council added that it had recorded a total of 768 fly-tipping incidents across the area over the past year.
The full financial cost of clearing up after these incidents was calculated at just short of £45,000.