£600 fines and costs bill for Leeds landlady who wanted to get rid of rubbish on the cheap

Illegal flytipping like this can lead to major fines, as one errant landlady found.

Illegal flytipping like this can lead to major fines, as one errant landlady found.

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A LEEDS landlady has been left with a £600 fines and legal costs bill after trying to get rid of her rubbish illegally on the cheap.

Nadia Shafaq of Middle Cross Street, Armley, was prosecuted for using an unlicensed waste carrier who then flytipped her rubbish.

She was fined £185, ordered to pay £300 costs and a £20 victim surcharge taking the cost of her ‘cheap’ waste disposal to over £600.

Ms Shafaq, a landlady in the Armley area, pleaded to paying two men in a van £100 to take waste from her property which she was clearing out getting ready for a new tenant. She failed to ensure they were authorised to carry waste at the time. The waste was then found dumped on a private lane in Bardsey the same day.

Evidence in the waste led Leeds City Council Environmental Action Officers to the property in Armley. The landlord could not provide any details for the people who took the waste away or prove they were licensed carriers and so became liable to prosecution.

Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said: “This is a stark warning to people paying someone to take away their waste for money.

“They have a duty of care under the Environmental Protection Act to ensure that the people who are taking their waste away are registered waste carriers.

“We take flytipping seriously and will seek to prosecute anyone who doesn’t dispose of their waste responsibly.”

People paying for waste disposal need to obtain information about where the waste will end up, a written description of the waste and the carrier’s details.

Landlords and other commercial businesses have a responsibility under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to dispose of their waste legally and if they choose to pay a second party to remove and dispose of their waste, they have a legal obligation to ensure the transfer of the waste is only to an authorised person or business.