19 July 2016

A Sheffield man has pleaded guilty and been fined £772 for depositing waste illegally.

Sheffield City Council’s Environmental Protection Service took action after investigations led to Scott Johnson, 27, of Dunnic Road, Sheffield.

In February 2016, fly-tipping around bins on Oxpring Bank and Binstead Grove in Shirecliffe was reported to the council.

One of the events had been captured on CCTV, which showed two men using a lorry to off-load the waste. Council officers identified the vehicle’s owner as Johnson who admitted the offence in a formal interview.

The matter was heard at Sheffield Magistrates Court on Thursday, 14 July 2016, where Johnson pleaded guilty.

After hearing the council’s evidence, Johnson was fined £350, ordered to pay costs of £250, clean-up costs of £137 and a victim surcharge of £35, totalling £772 in fines and costs.

Councillor Bryan Lodge, Cabinet Member for Environment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The courts continue to back the council’s stance against those who spoil our city. We will continue to take action on fly tipping.”

Also prosecuted on the same day was Lauren Ball, 25, of Errington Avenue, Sheffield.

Acting on a complaint of fly tipping, the authority investigated waste dumped on land off Hurlfield Road in Gleadless.

Ms Ball was invited to a formal interview which she did not attend but told officers she had given her waste to someone else to dispose of it. She said she did not know the person, had not asked who they were or what was to happen to the waste.

At Sheffield Magistrates Court Ms Ball pleaded guilty to the offence of failing to take reasonable measures to make sure her waste was given to a person authorised to take it.

She was ordered to pay £100 in costs to the council and given a conditional discharge.

Councillor Lodge added: “If you pay someone to take your waste on your behalf then you need to check they have a waste carrier licence, so it will not be fly-tipped.”

Sheffield City Council encourages people to report fly-tipping. This can be done online at www.sheffield.gov.uk or by calling 101.

About fly-tipping:

  • Fly-tipping is an offence with a maximum fine of £50,000 in the Magistrates’ Court, and an unlimited fine at Crown Court. The Crown Court can also impose a jail term of no more than 5 years.
  • In the last year, the Council has prosecuted 13 waste offences, obtaining guilty verdicts on all cases. In total, fines and costs total £6,705.
  • A further 40 waste cases have been dealt with by means of a Fixed Penalty.
  • The Council has also prosecuted 200 littering offences, with fines and costs totalling £57,179.