Published: 20:40, 19 November 2021
| Updated: 20:48, 19 November 2021
A man has been slapped with a fine after a waste company dumped his rubbish.
The Ashford resident was tracked down after environmental officers tracked piles of rubbish back to his house.
They heard that the householder had been approached by men in a van offering to remove his waste for a charge.
The resident was told that they would take the rubbish to the local tip.
Unbeknownst to him, it ended up being fly-tipped in two separate locations around town; in Hamstreet Road and Capel Road.
Ashford Borough Council's environmental enforcement team was alerted to the dumping, and on inspecting the rubbish they found evidence that led them to the householder.
He was interviewed under caution, and was hit with a £400 Fixed Penalty Notice for failing in his duty of care to ensure that whoever collects his waste is authorised to do so.
An council spokesman said: "Households and also businesses have a legal duty of care when it comes to what happens to their waste.
"In this case, the resident failed in carrying out checks to enquire if the waste collectors were registered with the Environmental Agency.
"The resident failed to inspect their authorised licence or obtain a written receipt."