Caught in the act – Derby Racecourse fly-tipper fined

Published: 19 October 2021

Fly-tipping on Racecourse carpark

Fly-tipping dumped by Mr Scattergood on Racecourse carpark

A fly-tipper has been fined over a £1000 by magistrates after he dumped waste on the Racecourse in May last year. 

Mr Scattergood, a resident of Chaddesden, was witnessed by local residents driving his vehicle on to the Racecourse Playing Fields and dumping an amount of waste. The residents who witnessed the offense took a note of Mr Scattergood’s vehicle registration and reported it to the Environmental Protection team. Using this information, the team were able to identify Mr Scattergood as the offender. 

Following an investigation, it was found that Mr Scattergood had advertised on Facebook that he was able to remove waste from properties for a small fee, despite not being registered to do so. A resident then paid Mr Scattergood £50 to remove some waste from their home, believing it would be properly disposed of. 

The Council’s Street Cleansing team then had to pick up not just the waste, but the cost of collecting it and properly disposing of it. 

Appearing in court on Tuesday 5 October, Mr Scattergood was found guilty and sentenced to: 

  • A Fine of £300 
  • £34 Victim Surcharge
  • £1000 costs 
  • £400 compensation

The magistrates classed the offence as a ‘reckless act’. Stating “the accused did knowingly permit controlled waste to be deposited at the Racecourse car park, Derby, a place at which no environmental permit authorising the deposit was in force.  Contrary to section 33(1)(a), (6) and (8) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.” 

Councillor Jonathan Smale, Cabinet Member for Place & Community Development commented: 

Fly-tipping is a heinous environmental crime and to do it in your own neighbourhood shows a complete lack of respect for your local community. I’m pleased that the Courts imposed almost £2000 in fines to this offender. It sends a strong message to anyone else in our city who thinks fly-tipping is ok. 

I’d like to remind residents to check carefully that anyone they pay to take away waste is registered to do so with the Environment Agency and that the waste will be properly disposed of.

Residents with excess household waste have a number of disposal options available to them, including: 

  • Raynesway HWRC – residents can take household waste and recycling up to 12 times a year by booking via MiPermit, calling 0333 200 6981. Deaf people can text 07774 333 412.
  • Bulky Waste collections – The Council offer a reasonably priced bulky waste collection service. Collections can be booked online, by calling 0333 200 6981. Deaf people can text 07774 333 412.
  • Registered waste collectors – If you want to hire a private waste collector or ‘man with van’ service, please check that they are registered on the Environment Agency website. Not checking could leave you liable for any costs if the waste is fly-tipped. 

For more information about how the Environmental Protection team investigate fly-tipping or to report fly-tipping, visit our website

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