A Teesside businessman has been hit in the pocket after Council detectives found him as the culprit in a fly dumping incident in Middlesbrough.
The result was today hailed by Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston, who urged would-be thieves to think twice before risking fines or even jail time.
Council Wards Environmental Safety Officers were alerted to a load of household and commercial waste, auto parts and dumped containers at the back of Thorndyke Avenue in late April.
After arranging for it to be cleaned up, they became detectives, tracking the dumped waste to a company based in Normanby.
When the owner – of Redcar – was unable to explain how his waste ended up in Middlesbrough, he was served with a £300 fixed penalty notice which has since been paid.
The company has also signed a registered waste collection agreement with Biffa.
Middlesbrough Mayor Andy Preston said: ‘It has been fantastic investigative work by the officer handling the case which sends a clear message to the fly tippers that they will be caught.
“There is no excuse for this selfish and criminal behavior that eats away at communities and wastes vital Council resources that could be better used elsewhere.
“The public hates it and we won’t tolerate it – help us find those responsible and together we can eradicate this scourge.”
Tippers are subject to a fixed penalty notice of £400 if caught, while failure to ensure waste is disposed of legally can result in those responsible being fined between £150 and £400.
Anyone with information about fly tipping is asked to contact the Council’s contact center on 01642 726001. Anti-social behaviour, fly tipping and dozens of other offenses can also be reported online.
Middlesbrough Council offers a safe, free or low-cost bulky waste collection service. For more information and to request a collection, go to the bulky items page or call 01642 726001.
Residents can also book online to dispose of large items at the Recycling and Household Waste Center in Haverton Hill. There are no fees for residents but fees apply for businesses.