A Bolton man who paid for his rubbish to be disposed has been fined – after the person he paid to take it away dumped it on a quiet country lane.
Zafar Khan, of Blackburn Road, Halliwell, pleaded guilty to paying an unlicensed waste carrier to take his waste.
On 10 July, he was ordered by magistrates to pay a £500 fine, £550 in costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
Bolton Council prosecuted Mr Khan as part of its continuing crackdown on flytipping.
Mr Khan undertook some house renovations and said that he paid a ‘man with a van’ to take away the waste, which was later found dumped on Alders Lane.
When interviewed, Khan admitted passing the waste on, and that he had no idea if the man was licensed or authorised to take the waste.
Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Councillor Nick Peel, said: “Many of our residents don’t seem to be aware that passing waste to an unlicensed waste carrier is illegal.
“If you are paying a ‘man with a van’ to collect your waste, you must check that he has a licence to dispose of waste, otherwise you could end up before the courts, as this man did.
“Pursuing prosecutions like these demonstrates the council’s continued commitment to deal with those who commit enviro-crime.
“I would encourage residents to report any unlicensed waste carriers or anyone seen flytipping to the council.”
Flytipping can be reported online http://www.bolton.gov.uk/flytipping