Fly-tipping in Sandy Lane Photo: Folkestone and Hythe District Council

Folkestone and Hythe District Council has reported a Folkestone man, dumped furniture, mattresses, a bed base and electrical appliances in Sandy Lane after charging £90 online to dispose of the items.

The council say they discovered the fly-tip on 15 March 2022 and quickly identified the defendant as the perpetrator, however he reportedly refused to engage.

However, the man pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and failure to provide waste transfer notes at Folkestone Magistrates’ Court on 12 April 2023.

He was fined £700 and ordered to pay £70 compensation and £180 costs – a bill totalling nearly £1,000.

A Folkestone & Hythe District Council spokesperson said: “Fly-tipping is anti-social, a nuisance and comes at a price.

“Online services can seem too good to be true sometimes – you should never let someone take your waste away until they have proved they are legitimate.

“You can do this by checking they have a trade waste licence and ensure they provide you with a waste transfer notice for the items removed. Without these documents, you could be liable for a fine too.”

The council explained that household waste can be easily disposed of by using the bulky collection service or visiting one of Kent County Council’s household waste recycling centres.

By Ed

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