Two borough residents have been fined hundreds of pounds each after being caught fly-tipping. 

The two residents failed to pay fines following separate incidents of fly-tipping and were successfully prosecuted by the council’s enforcement team

The cases were heard at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Friday, December 1 after the offenders had failed to attend court on previous occasions and warrants were issued for their arrest.

Typhany Curtis was originally given a fixed penalty in August last year for fly-tipping behind her home on Hornby Street, Bury.

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But she failed to pay it, and the court has now fined her £100 along with £250 costs to the council and a victim surcharge of £40.

Leon Barlow was given a fixed penalty in July 2022 for fly tipping behind his house on Victoria Street, Radcliffe.

He also failed to pay the fine, and the court has now fined him £760 and awarded £400 costs and a victim surcharge of £286.

Since the introduction of fly-tipping, fixed penalties in June 2021, and the recruitment of two enforcement officers, the council has issued 150 fixed penalties for fly tipping and littering and had 13 successful prosecutions for environmental crime.

Cllr Alan Quinn, cabinet member for the environment, climate change and operations at the council, said: “People hate fly-tipping. It spoils the neighbourhood, and council tax payers are left to pick up the bill for clearing it up.

“More cases are due in court soon, and we’re not stopping - we will continue to take action against offenders.”

Cllr Quinn said there had been a noticeable increase in advertisements on social media for unlicensed waste removal services.

He added: “Every individual and business has a duty of care to ensure they correctly dispose of their waste, and many unsuspecting householders are being caught out by these rogue traders, drawn by their attractive low rates compared to legitimate operators.

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“I urge residents to check their credentials before using them and remind the public that officers now have the power to issue £400 fixed penalty notices on householders who fail in their duty of care.”

Residents should ask any waste carrier for their address and telephone number, their waste carrier licence, and ask where their waste will be taken to. You can carry out an instant (and free) check of their credentials via the Environment Agency

There are 21 recycling centres in Greater Manchester where residents can take their waste free of charge for disposal.