Derbyshire council gets tough with fly-tippers

South Derbyshire District Council prosecutes the third fly-tipper in six months

A Staffordshire delivery driver has been prosecuted by South Derbyshire District Council after he dumped commercial waste on a street in Church Gresley in March last year.

The 50-year-old delivery driver fly-tipped cardboard boxes and plastic packaging materials in John Street, Church Gresley, despite the company for whom he worked possessing a business waste contract for the legal removal of commercial waste.

Safety officers from South Derbyshire District Council were informed by a member of the public about the fly-tipped waste and, despite a lack of CCTV coverage in the area, they managed to trace the dumped material back to the transport company for whom the defendant worked.

Man fined after fly-tipping commercial waste

Council officers took photos of the dumped waste


The defendant appeared in Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court last week where he pleaded guilty to illegally to disposing of controlled waste without an environment permit. He was found guilty of breaching the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and was handed a £772 fine, and ordered to pay costs of £962.

This is the third successful prosecution that South Derbyshire District Council has brought against fly-tippers within the last six months, as it attempts to send the message that anyone caught fly-tipping in the district will be punished accordingly.

Councillor Peter Watson, chairman of the environmental and development services committee, said: “Our approach has brought some extremely positive results – incidents of fly-tipping in South Derbyshire fell every year between 2006 and 2014.”

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