A Barnsley resident has been ordered to pay a total of £247 for a waste crime offence after attending Barnsley Magistrates Court on Monday 2 March.
Leah Siddall, 20, of Jacques Place in Barnsley pleaded guilty to a duty of care offence by handing waste to an unlicensed waste carrier. Ms Siddall was issued a fixed penalty notice for giving her waste to an unlicensed carrier after rubbish was found fly-tipped on Stairfoot Way in June 2019. This notice remained unpaid and Ms Siddall was arrested on a warrant, spending a night in a cell.
Ms Siddall was ordered to pay £147 for clean-up costs, and £100 for costs to the council.
Cllr Jenny Platts, spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: “We’re committed to tackling fly-tipping and take environmental offences very seriously. Thanks to work from our enforcement team we’re cracking down on those who dump waste in our borough, and those who are irresponsible with their rubbish.
“Paying for someone to take your waste when they’re unauthorised to do so is a criminal offence. Though this resident may not have fly-tipped the waste herself, handing over your waste to an unlicensed carrier often gives fly-tippers the opportunity to dump it. As part of our #EverybodyThink campaign, we’re letting residents know how they can be responsible with their rubbish and help us crack down on fly-tipping.”
People can find out more about the work Barnsley Council is doing to tackle environmental crime by following the Dumpit & Scarper Facebook page at Facebook.com/DumpitandScarper, or by searching the hashtag #EverybodyThink on social media.
Information about duty of care, and advice on checking for waste carrier licenses can be found at Barnsley.gov.uk/duty-of-care. Information about suspected fly-tippers can be sent to the council using the email email@example.com.
This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.
We're committed to #ProtectIt by looking after our beautiful borough, making it easier for you to dispose of large items. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as recycling, reporting litter, and fly-tipping to keep Barnsley clean and green.