Aldershot asbestos fly-tipper made to pay more than £1,400 for dumping waste in a park
A woman from Aldershot who dumped demolition waste, including hazardous asbestos, in a park has been fined more than £1,400.
Karen Goddard, aged 52, had her patio and garden shed demolished, however, the waste was subsequently found fly-tipped in a recreation ground, a court heard. Goddard accepted that it was her responsibility to ensure that the waste was disposed of properly but said that she was unaware that the waste had been fly-tipped on council owned property.
She was fined £250, ordered to pay the council’s waste clearance and disposal costs of £1,125 and instructed to pay a victim surcharge of £30.
Discussing the case, Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Rushmoor Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Operational Services, said: “This incident resulted in waste, some of it hazardous asbestos, being fly tipped in a public area.
“This had a significant impact on both the environment and was a risk to public health. It also resulted in a large clean-up cost for the council.
“All reports of fly-tipping are investigated and where we find evidence that an offence has been committed, we will not hesitate to take formal action. It is essential that all householders ensure that waste is only taken away by an authorised person.”
The Environmental Protection Act 1990 places a legal duty of care on householders to take all reasonable measures to ensure that their waste is disposed of properly.