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‘The Reality of Litter’ (Stuart Coleman©2013)

Oldham Council has successfully prosecuted an Oldham resident after her household waste was found dumped in another part of the Borough.

On the morning of December 6, 2012 Neighbourhood Enforcement Officers discovered a number of bin liners that had been discarded in an alleyway off Edward Street, Werneth. Correspondence found at the scene led the officers to a woman living on Fittonhill.

When interviewed the 33-year-old admitted that she placed numerous items, including doors and bags of household waste, at the side of her house. An unknown male approached her and said he would remove all the items for £20 to which she agreed and paid.

At Oldham Magistrates’ Court, the woman pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care to ensure that waste was transferred by an authorised person. She was given a 12-month Conditional Discharge and ordered to pay costs to the Council of £525 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Councillor Dave Hibbert, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, said: “The vast majority of our residents take pride in their communities and keep them clean and tidy but a small minority will always let the side down It is the responsibility of residents to ensure their waste is cleared up properly – we will take action against those who think they can just dump waste and leave others to clear up the mess. Fly-tipping blights neighbourhoods and is a health hazard. I would urge anyone who spots people dumping waste to report them to the Council.”

To report an incident of fly-tipping call 0161 770 2244 or via www.oldham.gov.uk

 

 

 

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