Sleepless nights for Rochdale resident following a fine for dumped mattresses

Fly-tipped rubbish on Crimble Lane.
Council enforcement officers found a significant amount of dumped waste in Crimble Lane.

Published: 18 October 2022

A pile of fly-tipped waste found in Crimble Lane in Heywood has landed a Rochdale resident with a fine.

Stephen Howarth, aged 38, of Daniel Fold in Rochdale, appeared at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 13 October 2022 and pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act (1990).

In October 2019, council enforcement officers found a significantly large amount of dumped waste in Crimble Lane, where documentation was found addressed to the defendant’s home.

Mr Howarth attended an interview under caution and admitted to paying £60 to an unnamed person to remove the waste, including mattresses and some bags of rubbish.

He further admitted to not undertaking any reasonable steps on the transfer of his waste to see if the hired waste carrier was licensed by the Environment Agency or obtained any receipt after paying in cash.

He was fined a total of £262 comprising of an £80 fine, plus costs of £150 and a victim surcharge of £32.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “We cannot stress enough how important it is to do your checks when hiring someone to remove your waste.

“If waste found can be linked to you, our enforcement officers will be in contact. Please, do your checks, or better still, take your waste to one of the local household waste recycling centres or take advantage of a free bulky waste collection for larger items. Why pay out for an unlicensed carrier and then be hit with an unwanted fine.”

The council offers 2 free bulky waste collections of 3 items per household per year. Any additional items are charged at just £2.50 each. Collections can be booked online up to 3 weeks in advance.

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