A property owner who paid unknown men to remove rubbish from a Rugby house he was refurbishing has been fined £150 after the waste was found dumped on farmland.
Abbas Mohammed was refurbishing a house in Murray Road in July when he paid the men £170 to remove scrap metal and other household waste. Four days later the rubbish was found dumped on farmland off Coalpit Lane by the borough council’s community safety wardens after receiving a report from a member of the public.
An investigation was launched by officers from the council’s environmental protection team, who found evidence to link the rubbish to the property in Murray Road.
When questioned, Mr Mohammed admitted paying the men to remove the rubbish, but said he had no idea who the men were.
At Nuneaton Magistrates Court on Tuesday last week, the 26-year-old, of Crowsfurlong, Rugby, pleaded guilty to a charge under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 - failing to ensure the legal disposal of rubbish to which he had a duty of care.
Mohammed was fined £150 and ordered to pay £336 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the hearing, Cllr Sally Bragg, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said: “The council has a zero-tolerance policy on fly-tipping as it costs taxpayers thousands of pounds a year to clear, not to mention loss of trade to legitimate waste disposal businesses and damage to our environment.
“We investigate all incidents of fly-tipping in Rugby borough, and have no hesitation in taking the perpetrators to court when we find sufficient evidence.
“Residents can help the council fight fly-tipping by reporting incidents and any information which could help us trace the culprits.”
Residents can report fly-tipping via the council’s mobile phone app - www.rugby.gov.uk/app
Fly-tipping can also be reported by emailing email@example.com or calling (01788) 533857.