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Resident ordered to pay more than £2,000 for fly-tipping


Fly-tipping offence in The Square in Hemel HempsteadBoxmoor resident Iain Young was fined £1,500 at St Albans Magistrates' Court last Wednesday (20 November) after pleading guilty to illegally dumping waste.

He was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £150 and Council costs of £573.56.

Our Environmental Enforcement team, along with Legal Services, successfully prosecuted Young for fly-tipping offences in The Square, in Hemel Hempstead town centre.

Young was caught on CCTV returning to the site twice, in an effort to remove his details from the tipped materials.

In sentencing, it was taken into consideration that Young had co-operated with investigations and was therefore given the full reduction for an early guilty plea. 

A total of £2,223.56 is to be paid before 1 December 2019.

Emma Walker, Group Manager for Environmental and Community Protection, said: “Fly-tipping is illegal and there are arrangements in place for everyone to dispose of their waste legally so there is absolutely no excuse for fly-tipping. You can help reduce fly-tipping by checking the waste carriers’ licence of anyone you employ to remove waste from your property. If you see fly-tipping, please report it on our fly-tipping web page."

We are part of the The Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group (HFTG). This is a multi-agency taskforce including the borough, district and county councils as well as Hertfordshire Constabulary, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Herts Fire and Rescue, the Environment Agency and the National Farmers' Union.

These organisations have come together to improve how Hertfordshire responds to fly-tipping. The HFTG is delivering improvements in enforcement capability across the county, as well as rolling out new technology to assist in identifying and prosecuting fly-tippers.

The HFTG is also behind the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign, which is used across Hertfordshire to help educate residents, and has been provided to other local authorities across the UK (free of charge) to help promote a consistent message.

For more information, search #SCRAPflytipping and Let's SCRAP fly-tipping website.