Social media brings fly-tipping fine to Rochdale resident

Fly-tipped rubbish.
Correspondence addressed to Ms Rothwell was found in the bags amongst a larger pile of dumped waste.

Published: 22 December 2022

A woman who claimed to have booked a waste removal service via Facebook has been fined after bags of rubbish were found dumped in a Rochdale street.

Kirsty Rothwell, 27, of Cumberland Road, Rochdale, appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on 14 December 2022 and pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to Section 34(2A) of the Environmental Protection Act (1990).

In August 2021, the council visited the scene on Nixon Street where they found the pile of waste containing documentation addressed to the defendant’s home.

Ms Rothwell failed to attend an interview in connection with the fly-tipped waste and chose not to attend court in October 2022, resulting in the issue of a warrant for her arrest without bail.

On 14 December 2022, she was arrested and later appeared in court where she was ordered to pay a total of £184 in fines and costs following her admission that she had employed someone she had found on the social media site but had not checked if he was a licensed waste carrier.

Fly-tipped black bags.

Dumped waste in Rochdale.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “Booking someone to remove your waste through social media platforms such as Facebook can be risky and you should always carry out checks.  

“Sometimes the quick and what seems the easy route to removing waste can come with unwanted repercussions. Dispose of the waste correctly in the first place; book a licensed waste carrier, take your waste to a local recycling centre, or book a free bulky waste collection if you have large items.”

The council offers 2 free bulky waste collections of 3 items per household per year.

Collections can be booked up to 3 weeks in advance.

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