A man who dumped household waste in a notorious problem area in Hemel has been handed a £1,820 bill following a court case.
Adrian Diculescu, of Medway Road, Hemel Hempstead, pleaded guilty to three offences under the Environmental Protection Act at Watford Magistrates Court last week.
Diculescu dumped household waste on April 20 in Holtsmere End Lane, a known problem area which was being monitored by Dacorum Borough Council.
He admitted the offence during an interview under caution with the council’s environmental enforcement officers, and was subsequently ordered to pay a £1,300 fine by magistrates, as well as clean-up and legal costs of a further £520.
Councillor Janice Marshall, council portfolio holder for environmental, sustainability and regulatory services, said: “Illegally dumping waste in rural areas is an ongoing problem that we will not tolerate.
“The council has to pay significant costs associated with the clearance of this waste which blights our landscape and we will take every effort to recover those costs and prosecute those responsible.
“Mr Diculescu failed to take note of clear signs warning against the consequences of fly-tipping in this area.”
She added “There are many legitimate ways to dispose of your waste, such as at your local household waste recycling centre, or using our bulky waste collection service. If we find you dumping waste illegally we will prosecute you.”
As part of the council’s crackdown on fly-tipping clear signs have been put up to deter fly tipping in known problem areas. This has reduced the frequency of fly- tipping but some offences still do take place.
Individual residents and businesses have responsibility for their own waste. Anyone removing waste on their behalf is authorised to do so by asking to see their Waste Carriers Licence. Businesses must also note the details of the vehicle, licence, company and drivers name.
Waste Carriers Licences can also be checked online at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by telephone on 03708 506506.