A Grantham man has been given a community order for flytipping after telling people on Facebook he was allowed to dispose of litter


A man who dumped litter on a road in Grantham told People on Facebook that he was allowed to dispose of litter.

Yesterday (Monday March 14), Richard Atkinson, 30, of Tennyson Avenue, Grantham, pleaded guilty in Lincoln Magistrates Court to three flytipping offenses after a prosecution by South Kesteven District Council.

The court was told that an officer from South Kesteven District Council traced evidence to up to three members of the public, all of whom had paid the defendant to dispose of their rubbish after responding to his ad on Facebook. Atkinson had claimed to be fully licensed for waste disposal.

This flytipping was due to Richard Atkinson

By way of mitigation, Atkinson told the court that he previously operated a legitimate waste management business, but was banned from the local landfill because of the amount of trash he took there.

This meant that the waste accumulated in the garden of his house and his owner had been fined by SKDC for it – so he just got rid of it.

Atkinson received a 12-month community order with the condition to complete unpaid work for 100 hours, reduced to 80 hours for an early guilty plea. He was also told to pay the cleaning fee of £350 and pay a victim fine surcharge of £95. No claim for lawsuit costs has been made due to his limited income.

This flytipping was due to Richard Atkinson
This flytipping was due to Richard Atkinson

When pronouncing the sentence, the magistrates said they had “seen with a very bad eye these offenses and it is a serious offense”.

After the hearing, SKDC Cabinet Member for Waste and Climate Change Mark Whittington (Con) said: “We agree with the magistrates on the seriousness of this incident, and the good news is that the author will perform unpaid work in the very community that he has offended.

“This type of activity is anti-social, bad for the environment and shows a huge disrespect for our beautiful South Kesteven countryside.

“SKDC has a zero tolerance policy on fly tipping and will pursue it whenever we can. This is where we rely on the public to report anything suspicious to help obtain evidence and achieve a result in court.

“Social media is just one place where unscrupulous waste haulers trade, but households are reminded that they have a legal duty to check that anyone they use to remove rubbish from their home is a licensed waste hauler.”

Residents should ask to see the license and can check license details on the Environment Agency website at https://bit.ly/check-waste-carrier

District Council cleanup crews will remove fly tipping from public land after investigation. Incidents should be reported to 01476 406080 or www.southkesteven.gov.uk/flytipping


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