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Dumped waste brings charges 3 years after discovery

05 August 2021

The discarded waste found in the alleyway.

A Rochdale borough resident has been hit with charges almost 3 years after waste was found dumped by council officers.

Ellesse Donnelly of Newlands Avenue, Rochdale pleaded guilty to one offence contrary to the Environmental Protection Act (1990) at Manchester & Salford Magistrates' Court on Friday, 30 July 2021.

In September 2018, bags of waste were found in the alleyway between Davyhulme Street and Ernest Terrace, Rochdale containing correspondence addressed to Ms Donnelly.

Despite regular contact, Ms Donnelly failed to co-operate with the council's investigation into the fly-tipping but has now pleaded guilty, admitting to paying an unidentified scrap man £20 to remove 8 bags of waste, who then discarded her waste in the alleyway.

Ms Donnelly was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay a costs contribution of £400 and a victim surcharge of £22 for breaching her duty of care – not checking that the man who removed her waste was licensed by the Environment Agency.

Councillor Liam O'Rourke, cabinet member for environment and facilities, said: "Do your checks. What may seem like a great offer from a local waste carrier could land you with charges, even years later.

"These unlicensed carriers will gladly collect waste from you at a low cost, then subsequently get shut of rubbish anywhere. They've taken your money, dumped the waste and scarpered – leaving you to pick up the mess left behind.

"Please, take care when booking anyone to remove waste and double-check that they carry the relevant licence."