Chelmsford City Council

Two prosecuted after fly-tips

Two people have been fined for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 after their household waste was dumped on the roadside.

On 21 August, a report was received that Bobbie-Louise Sullivan, of Kings Road, Chelmsford, had left a pile of household waste including nappies and food waste in the street outside a neighbour’s house. The case went to Colchester Magistrates Court on Thursday 1 November 2018, where Ms Sullivan pleaded not guilty to offences of fly-tipping and breaching a Section 108 requirement to attend the Council’s offices for interview. She was found guilty and fined £480, plus a victim surcharge of £48, court costs of £400 and £220 for failure to attend.

Earlier in the year during March, the Council received reports of two fly-tips in Danbury: one in Spring Elms Lane and the other in Backwarden Nature Reserve. Evidence was retrieved from both fly-tips relating to Karen Vidler of Chaucer Road, Havering.

Ms Vidler stated in interview that she had passed her waste to someone but could not remember who and could not account for how the items became fly-tipped. On 8 November, Ms Vidler was prosecuted for failing to uphold her duty of care. Pleading guilty, she received a fine totalling £610.

In Chelmsford, any waste not placed into a black bin cannot be collected by the Council. Councillor Malcolm Sismey, Cabinet Member for Waste Management & Recycling, explains, ““Household recycling centres, registered waste carriers and household collections all exist so that there is no need to abandon our waste in places where it creates a nuisance for others and a danger to wildlife. Irresponsible disposal of household waste also comes at a cost to taxpayers – we spend around £1.4 million each year clearing the streets of litter and fly-tips. 

"The black bin is only for non-recyclable waste and should easily be enough for two weeks. If everyone left their rubbish outside of the bin, it would attract wildlife who tear the bags open and quickly become unpleasant for neighbours, which is why most councils now discourage it.”

Councillor Susan Sullivan, Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, says, "Chelmsford City Council always prosecutes where we find evidence that someone has fly-tipped waste. If you aren’t sure what to do with your rubbish, please call us for advice – don’t fly-tip and don’t give it to an unlicensed carrier or you could end up facing a fine.” 

If you have an unusual amount of waste, for example after a house move, you can take it to your nearest Recycling Centre for Household Waste. If you need to hire a third party, ask them to provide you with your full address and phone number, check that they have a licence issued by the Environment Agency or Natural Resources Wales, and always get a receipt to protect you if they dump your waste illegally. You can check the Environment Agency’s public register of all licensed waste carriers at

For help and advice or to order recycling containers, visit

Monday 19 November 2018

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