Wiltshire man fined £400 for leaving rubbish bags next to recycling bin

Fly-tipped rubbish at the site in Royal Wootton Bassett. Credit: Wiltshire Council

A man has been fined £400 for leaving his bags of recycling next to a collection bin, rather than putting them in it.

CCTV captured the man from Lyneham, Wiltshire, leaving bin liners full of waste next to the recycling bins in Sainsbury’s car park, Royal Wootton Bassett. The waste was left underneath a sign warning people not to fly-tip waste next to recycling bins.

The car park has become a hot-spot for fly-tipping. Wiltshire Council’s environmental enforcement team has issued more than £1,200 in fines to people fly-tipping at this location, and the team is currently investigating two other incidents.

"We regularly receive complaints from residents about the waste being dumped in these locations, which often ends up being blown around as litter, encouraging rats, maggots and flies.

Cllr Bridget Wayman, Wiltshire Council

Fly-tipping is defined as the illegal dumping of items. If your waste is fly-tipped, by you or by someone else on your behalf, you could face a £400 fixed penalty notice, prosecution and/or an unlimited fine or imprisonment.

You are fly-tipping if you leave rubbish:

  • Beside recycling banks

  • On the floor of communal bin areas

  • Outside closed recycling centres and charity shops

  • Anywhere that isn’t a registered waste facility or container or on any land without a waste management licence