Cautioned issued to resident over dumped rubbish

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Cautioned issued to resident over dumped rubbish

A resident has been issued with a formal caution as part of Cotswold District Council's crackdown on litter and fly tipping.

The man was cautioned for failing to ensure that his household rubbish was disposed of properly after bags of waste were dumped at two separate locations just outside Tetbury.

Rather than take the rubbish to a recycling centre, the householder gave it to someone else to get rid of, who left half in a gateway and the rest in a farmer's field.

Council officers were able to trace the owners of the rubbish, which was mostly cardboard boxes, papers and plastic sheeting.

The offender was issued with a formal caution at the Council's offices after admitting failing in a duty of care to dispose of rubbish properly. The Council may issue a caution as an alternative to prosecution when a person admits an offence. It remains a matter of record for up to five years and if similar offences are committed, it can be brought to the attention of the courts. The penalty for this type of offence is a fine of up to £5,000.

Cotswold District Council deals with more than 330 cases of fly tipping every year. The penalties for fly tipping are a six-month jail sentence and/or fines up to £50,000.

Case officer Hilary Beach said: "This incident could have been avoided as it concerned relatively small amounts of rubbish that could easily have been put out for the weekly refuse or recycling collection. The cardboard could have been taken to a Household Recycling Centre."

Councillor Mark Tufnell, Portfolio holder for Development Services and the Environment, said: "There has never been a worse time to fly tip in the Cotswolds as we will take action to prosecute wherever possible.

"Fly tipping is environmental crime and we want to do everything within our powers to stamp it out. We aim to keep the Cotswolds clean and beautiful and will deal with those that selfishly dump waste and rubbish just to save themselves time and money."

Last year the Government introduced greater powers for local authorities to deal with litter and fly tipping, which includes powers to ensure householders meet their responsibilities for storing their waste properly until the day of collection and making sure their refuse is disposed of properly.

Hilary added: "However you dispose of your rubbish you have a duty to ensure it is disposed of legally and properly - or, as in this case, you too could be in trouble if the rubbish is illegally dumped."

Posted : 14/09/2006 12:41:37

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