Dumping rubbish proves costly for one Ashton woman

DUMPING household rubbish in the street has proved costly for one woman from Ashton-under-Lyne.

Fly-tipping on Ripon Street in the town was investigated in July last year by Tameside Council enforcement officers, who traced it back to Caitlin Ashton of Egerton Street.

A court heard that Ms Ashton ignored all correspondence when written to on several occasions and she was offered the opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice.

Ms Ashton pleaded guilty at Tameside Magistrates’ Court on January 25, 2024, to a household duty of care offence, saying she believed someone had taken the rubbish out of her bin.

She was fined £212 plus costs by magistrates.

Tameside Council’s Assistant Executive Member responsible for enforcement is warning other residents that action will be taken against those who irresponsibly dispose of waste.

“All residents have a duty to ensure our household waste is disposed of legally and responsibly,” said Councillor Vincent Ricci.

“Waste offences are unacceptable and disrespectful to the environment and local community, most of whom take pride in their local area and neighbourhoods.

“We have teams out every day clearing and investigating waste offences and we’ll always take further action where we find evidence. Last year we issued over 170 fines for waste offences and this work will continue as part of our ongoing Our Streets campaign to make our local areas cleaner, greener and safer.”

People can report fly-tipping in Tameside by visiting www.tameside.gov.uk/flytipping.

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