Popping up all over Facebook are ‘Facebay’ type groups that are free to use to sell unwanted belongings, working similarly to eBay, these groups use local collection and individual rules. In addition to for sale and wanted pleas, often seen are adverts for ‘Man & Van’ services to take away rubbish for nominal amounts. It has, on occasion been alleged that some of the people offering this service are not disposing of the rubbish legally. Anyone paying an individual to dispose of their unwanted rubbish, should check the ability to dispose of the items responsibly.
A criminal who fly-tipped waste in a local village has been fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £934.75 after being caught on CCTV carrying out the offence.
The individual pleaded guilty at Southampton Magistrates’ Court on 5 August after dumping rubbish in Roman Road, Chilworth.
Councillor Graham Stallard, environmental portfolio holder, said: “This individual probably thought they had got away with it as it isn’t often that fly-tips are witnessed – but Test Valley Borough Council has invested in new mobile cameras that are placed around the borough to help catch and deter criminals.
“I am delighted that this individual has been brought to justice. I hope this provides a warning to others that if you choose to break the law by fly-tipping waste you will be prosecuted.”
It is an offence under the Environmental Protection Act (1990) to fly-tip any material. The Council’s Environmental Service investigates all reports of fly-tipping and will remove fly-tipped waste from public land. To report a fly-tip visit www.testvalley.gov.uk/love or call the council’s Customer Services team on 01264 368000 or 01794 527700.
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