Household waste dumper charged

              Caption: Evidence that household waste had been dumped incorrectly

A Leeds resident who dumped rubbish at a communal recycling point faces a clean-up bill ten times more expensive than the unpaid fine for the original offence.

Enforcement officers identified Yasmine Crawford of Beckhill Vale from items she had left in bags abandoned beside the recycling point on Beckhill Approach in September 2012.

After several attempts to contact Crawford, she eventually admitted leaving the rubbish to be collected and was issued with a £75 fine as an alternative to prosecution.

Crawford failed to pay the penalty so last week magistrates fined her £75 and ordered her to pay £713 costs with a £20 victim surcharge.

The site is a known flytipping hotspot that the council monitors and regularly has to clear up.

Recycling sites across the city can be used to recycle paper, glass, plastics, food and drink cans and textiles. They should not be used as general dumping grounds. If the banks are full this can be reported on 07891 277 226 or by emailing leeds.waste@leeds.gov.uk.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City’s Council’s executive member for the environment, said:

“We provide a range of services to help people recycle and dispose of their waste properly so dumping waste like this is not acceptable. It’s satisfying to know that the proactive approach of our officers means someone has been held to account for their actions.

“Thankfully, the majority of residents respect their community and behave responsibly, but we will continue working hard to pursue those who commit unacceptable environmental crimes.”


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Francesca Foulkes

Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 0244

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