A fly tipping tattoo artist has been fined for dumping bags of commercial waste on Preston’s streets.Advertisement
40 bags were found fly tipped in Southgate, Fulwood, during June this year.
Daniel Phillipson, who owns Vintage Ink Tattoo Studio in Langcliffe Road, off Watling Street Road, was ordered to pay a total of £1,274 in connection with the offences by Preston Magistrates’ Court.
Environmental officers at Preston City Council found evidence in the dumped bags linking the waste to the tattoo studio.
When Phillipson, 31, was approached he admitted paying someone to remove the waste from his premises.
The city council say Phillipson had not checked the credentials of the waste carrier and failed to get proof of transfer of the waste.
The court heard how Phillipson failed to identify who had disposed of the waste, so he was issued with a fixed penalty notice for two offences:
– failing to ensure waste was transferred to a registered waste carrier
– failing to produce waste transfer notes
He was ordered to pay a £440 fine for the first offence, £300 fine for the second offence, £44 victims surcharge and £490.20 towards the council’s costs.
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Deputy leader of the city council councillor John Swindells said: “Businesses should be aware that when they use someone else to dispose of their waste they have a responsibility to ensure that person/company is an authorised person and that the waste will not end up being fly-tipped.
“Local residents are also under a duty to ensure that they transfer household waste to an authorised person.
“Fly tipping is an issue people feel strongly about and we encourage the public to report it to us.”
Preston City Council is responsible for monitoring and collecting items which have been dumped illegally.
You can report fly tipping by calling 01772906909 or using an online form to report it.
You can also use the website fixmystreet – which shows all reports in the area.
never touch the waste: fly tipped waste can be dangerous – it may contain syringes, broken glass, asbestos, toxic chemicals or other hazardous substances
never disturb the site – there may be evidence that could help identify the fly-tippers and lead to their prosecution
never approach anyone you see fly tipping – they could become violent