West Lancashire Borough Council works hard to tackle flytipping offences and has prosecuted a local businessman after rubbish was found dumped in the area.
Wigan Magistrates Court heard that a trailer full of waste including construction waste, internal doors, general building materials and bin bags of household waste was found on a grass verge by Grimshaw Road, Skelmersdale.
Council officers traced this back to Robbie Williams of Enstone, Skelmersdale and his rubbish removal company JC Group Services Ltd.
At the court Mr Williams pleaded guilty to failing to comply with a legal notice which required him to explain to the Council why the waste had been dumped. He had also been asked to provide the address of the site where it was meant to be taken to. He was fined £120, and was ordered to pay £576.46 costs and a £30 victim surcharge, a total of 726.46.
Councillor Kevin Wright, portfolio holder for Health and Community Safety, said: “Flytipping is a criminal offence and the Council will take strong action to crackdown on this important issue.”
Householders and businesses need to make sure any waste they have removed is disposed of legally. Anyone removing waste as part of a business must have a waste carriers licence and give waste transfer notes to whoever they collect waste from. Householders can check if someone has a waste carriers’ licence by contacting the Environment Agency on 03708 506506 or at www.gov.uk/government/organisations/environment-agency.
If you think waste has been disposed of illegally then you can report this to the Council on our website register with its new online self-service customer portal at www.westlancs.gov.uk/flytipping.