Fly tipper fined for dumping waste outside recycling centre

11th November 2021


A fly tipper has been prosecuted by Three Rivers District Council after he dumped bags of household waste outside a local recycling centre – right in front of an anti-fly tipping sign.

On three occasions - 9 June 2021, 25 July 2021 and 23 August 2021 - Emmanuel Akpeki of Berry Lane, Mill End visited the Rickmansworth Recycling Centre out of hours. On each visit he deposited a large quantity of black bin bags of household waste directly in front of a “Let’s SCRAP fly tipping” sign. Mr Akpeki was identified via the registration of the vehicle used.

He pleaded guilty and was fined £480 and ordered to pay £240 costs and £48 surcharge, a total of £768.

Three Rivers District Council officers worked together with Hertfordshire County Council, which runs the recycling centres, and provided the CCTV evidence.

Cllr Phil Williams, Lead Member for Environmental Services, Climate Change and Sustainability, said: “Fly tipping is an eyesore, and harmful to both the environment and the community in addition to costing councils to clear it. By continuing to prosecute, we hope to discourage others from fly tipping, and raise awareness of the issue. My thanks to all the hard work done by all the officers involved.”

The council is part of the Hertfordshire Fly Tipping Group which run the award-winning #SCRAPflytipping campaign to encourage all residents to use the SCRAP code when arranging for waste to be taken away. 

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Council spokespeople

Cllr Sarah Nelmes – Leader of Three Rivers District Council

Cllr Alex Hayward – Leader of the Conservative Group

Cllr Stephen Cox – Leader of the Labour Group

Cllr Alex Michaels – Independent Councillors Group Joint Leader