Fly-tipping waste on the Racecourse Playing Fields car park in Derby has cost a Derby man more than £1,700 in fines, costs and compensation at the city’s magistrates’ court.
A van belonging Jason Scattergood, 31, of Chaddesden, was spotted by local residents driving onto the playing fields and dumping an amount of waste in May 2020.
They took a note of the vehicle registration and reported it to the Environmental Protection team at Derby City Council, which led to Scattergood’s appearance at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court.
Following an investigation by the team, it was found that Scattergood had advertised on social media that he was able to remove waste from properties for a small fee, despite not being registered to do so.
A resident paid him £50 to remove some waste from their home, believing it would be properly disposed of.
The council’s street cleansing team was left having to foot the bill for the cost of collecting the waste and properly disposing of it.
Scattergood pleaded guilty to knowingly permit controlled waste to be deposited at the Racecourse car park, Derby, a place at which no environmental permit authorising the deposit was in force.
He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £1,000 costs, £400 compensation and a victim surcharge of £34.
In court, Scattergood said that it wasn’t him but another male using his vehicle when the waste was tipped. However, he was not able to produce evidence that this was the case.
The magistrates classed the offence as a “reckless act”.
After the court hearing, Councillor Jonathan Smale, city council cabinet member for place and community development said: “Fly-tipping is a heinous environmental crime and to do it in your own neighbourhood shows a complete lack of respect for your local community.
“I’m pleased that the courts imposed almost £2,000 in fines and costs to this offender. It sends a strong message to anyone else in our city who thinks fly-tipping is ok.
“I’d like to remind residents to check carefully that anyone they pay to take away waste is registered to do so with the Environment Agency and that the waste will be properly disposed of.”
Residents with excess household waste have a number of disposal options available to them, including:
* Raynesway Household Waste and Recycling Centre – residents can take household waste and recycling up to 12 times a year by booking via MiPermit, calling 0333 200 6981. Deaf people can text 07774 333 412.
* Bulky waste collections – the council offers a paid-for bulky waste collection service. Collections can be booked online, by calling 0333 200 6981. Deaf people can text 07774 333 412.
* Registered waste collectors – if you want to hire a private waste collector or ‘man with van’ service, please check that they are registered on the Environment Agency website. Not checking could leave you liable for any costs if the waste is fly-tipped.
To report fly-tipping incidents access https://myaccount.derby.gov.uk/en/service/clean_it_up or phone 0333 2008981.