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Date published: 14th January 2020

A man has been ordered to pay £2900 in compensation and legal costs after being found guilty of committing a waste offence at Norwich Magistrates Court. In lieu of a fine, he must pay £1600 to a farming company affected by the incident and £1300 in costs for North Norfolk District Council’s, prosecuting, legal and investigative costs.

The case involved a large fly tip of household and DIY waste from the Norwich area, onto farmland outside Fakenham.

He admitted to knowingly causing or permitting the fly tip, by being the registered owner of the vehicle witnessed taking the waste. A landlord of the Norwich address gave a witness statement which included the vehicle, registration, and a description of the person who stopped and offered to take the waste from the site for a fee.

Cllr. Nigel Lloyd, NNDC’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “Fly tipping will not be tolerated in North Norfolk and I hope this successful prosecution serves to warn people that we will actively pursue all cases of fly tipping in our District.

North Norfolk is a beautiful place to live, the indiscriminate dumping of waste without any regard to our shared environment is totally unacceptable. I would urge anyone intending to use a third party to dispose of their waste to make sure they are a licensed waste carrier and to look to the SCRAP campaign for guidance.”

SCRAP is an initiative across Norfolk which reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier; these can be checked by asking for a Waste Carriers Licence or searching the company name on the Environment Agency website.

People can avoid an unlimited fine by following the SCRAP code:

  • Suspect  ALL waste carriers
  • Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed
  • Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
  • Ask what will happen to your waste
  • Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt

All of Norfolk’s councils, the Environment Agency, Norfolk Constabulary, and the NFU and CLA are joining together to support the SCRAP fly-tipping campaign.

Incidents of fly tipping can be reported to the local Council for investigation.

Last updated: 14th January 2020