Watch where you send your waste
Northampton residents are being urged to take care who they employ to dispose of their waste, after a successful prosecution in December.
On 10 July our Neighbourhood Wardens discovered a pile of sacks in Foskitt Court, Bellinge, which, following investigation, contained evidence of whose it was.
When challenged, the householder – Christina Dovkants of Hanemill Court, Bellinge – said she had hired someone to take the waste away but had not confirmed their details.
Cllr Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council Cabinet member for environment, said: “This is a common mistake which leaves people open to prosecution.
“As Keep Britain Tidy’s #CrimeNotToCare campaign highlights, your waste is your responsibility, so unless it is disposed of responsibly it could come back to haunt you.”
Traders are required by law to hold a waste carrier’s licence, and anyone employing a contractor should ask to see this as well as obtaining their vehicle details.
As a consequence of not doing so, on 16 December Ms Dovkants pleaded guilty to failure to secure domestic waste, under S34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act. She was fined £493 and ordered to pay £100 costs and a £49 victim surcharge.
Further advice for residents seeking to have someone else dispose of their waste includes asking for a transfer note or receipt from the contractor, checking where the waste is going, and making a note of any other details they feel might be useful.