Zeeshan Ali, aged 23, of Ashley Close appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Friday, 17 November 2023, where he pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) for depositing waste illegally.
Mr Ali admitted his involvement at an interview with the council but refused to identify the other 2 individuals who participated in the fly-tipping.
The recording played in court showed Mr Ali driving his vehicle to Riverside Drive, Rochdale, on the afternoon of 5 March 2023 before multiple bags of waste were taken from it and discarded. He was ordered to pay a total of £1,365.20 in fines, costs, and a victim surcharge.
A recording showed Mr Ali driving his vehicle to Riverside Drive, Rochdale, before multiple bags of waste were taken from it and discarded.
Councillor Liam O’Rourke, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said:
“Incidents like this drive me and most of our law-abiding residents up the wall and dumping waste wherever you feel is not acceptable. We will continue to enforce fines and penalties on those who do not take the duty of care when disposing of waste and thank those who report incidents like this to us.
“Waste must be disposed of responsibly either at the local recycling centre, through a licensed carrier, or book a free bulky waste collection if you have large items, there’s just no excuse.”
The council offers 2 free bulky waste collections of 3 items per household per year. Any additional items are charged at just £2.50 each.
Collections can be booked online up to 3 weeks in advance.