Former shop owner fined £1.3k for fly-tipping business waste, including raw meat
A woman from the Northamptonshire town of Wellingborough has been fined over £1,000 after council environmental officers connected her to a pile of fly-tipped business waste which had been dumped on farmland.
The fly-tipped waste had been reported to East Northamptonshire Council by a passerby in August 2015. The council officers attended the scene in Mill Road, Woodford, and discovered a significant amount of rubbish, which contained black refuse bags full of cooked meat and even raw meat.
The environmental officers also found cardboard and used plastic food bags dumped on the farmland.
The council began an investigation and were able to trace the pile of commercial waste back to former shop owner, Natalia Szweda, who appeared as an individual in Northampton Magistrates Court on 26 April 2016 and pleaded guilty to charges.
Ms Szweda’s business had been dissolved since the waste had been fly-tipped and therefore no prosecution could be brought against the business itself. Ms Szweda was fined £150 for the clear up, £390.67 for council officer costs, £700 for prosecution costs, and a £60 victim surcharge.
In addition to these fines, the defendant was given a six week curfew between 6pm and 6am and ordered to carry out 12-months community service work.
The waste services manager at East Northamptonshire Council, Charlotte Tompkins, said: “We have a zero tolerance policy on any matters of environmental crime and our waste team do all they can to prosecute those who fly-tip in our district.”
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The council has saved £20,000 with the help of recycling residents
East Northamptonshire Council has thanked residents for helping to recycle 220 tonnes of food waste in December 2015, saving the council £20,000 in landfill tax.
East Northamptonshire Council launched The Feed Your Caddy Campaign, a Recycle for Northamptonshire project, which residents must sign up to, after which they receive a information pack and a “I’m in to win” sticker which they stick onto their food waste council bin to be one of four household in with a chance of winning a prize every month.
The council initiative has encouraged more households to recycle their food waste using their council food caddies, resulting in the highest amount of food waste sent to be recycled in a single month, rather than to the landfill, since January 2014.
Every council in the UK must pay a standard landfill tax of £82.60 for every tonne of waste that is sent to landfill; this means that the residents in East Northamptonshire helped the council save more than £20,000 in just the month of December.
Local councillors are hoping that the initial success of The Feed Your Caddy Campaign will not dwindle and that East Northamptonshire residents recognise the difference that they are making by simply using their food waste bin.
Steven North, East Northamptonshire council leader, said: “I want to thank our residents for continuing to show their passionate commitment to recycling … We’re counting on your continued support to help ensure that East Northamptonshire’s recycling rate just keeps getting better and better.”
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