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Householder fined after items fly-tipped

News release 10220, published on 13 Jul 2022
A man who arranged for waste to be taken from his home by an unlicensed waste carrier must pay a fine and costs totalling £1,550.

Abdulmutih Yilmaz, of Gregory Close, Basingstoke was found guilty at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court for failing in his householder duty of care following a prosecution by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Bricks, soil and cardboard packaging linked to Mr Yilmaz were found fly-tipped in Church Lane, Tadley. Mr Yilmaz was interviewed under caution and confirmed he had paid a third party to remove the rubbish from his property but did so without making any checks or enquiries about the person collecting the waste.

Mr Yilmaz appeared at Aldershot Magistrates’ Court on Friday 8 July 2022 and pleaded not guilty to failing in his householder duty of care. Having heard the evidence the magistrates found Mr Yilmaz guilty of the offence and ordered him to pay a fine of £500 with £1,000 towards prosecution costs and a £50 victim surcharge.

Cabinet Member for Partnerships Cllr Jenny Vaux said: “This case serves as an important reminder to residents that when they ask someone to remove their waste, they have a responsibility to check they are legitimate and that the waste will be disposed of lawfully.

“When arranging waste disposal, ask to see a waste carrier’s licence or check their details on the Environment Agency’s website. You can also ask for a traceable receipt, take photos of the vehicle used and of the waste taken away.

"We know that fly-tipping is an issue that our communities feel very strongly about. In many cases, we as individuals can help to stop it by doing these checks."

Offences of fly-tipping carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment at Crown Court. Since May 2018 the council has convicted 48 individuals and companies for fly-tipping and related waste offences, demonstrating the borough council’s continued zero tolerance approach to this type of environmental crime.

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