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A fly tipper was fined hundreds of pounds for dumping rubbish in the street – and then people sent to remove it were fined hundreds more because they did not have a licence to do so.
Waltham Forest Council officers investigated the enormous mound of rubbish containing mattresses, armchairs and other bulky pieces of furniture in Russell Road, Chingford, this morning (September 16).
The officers gave the person responsible a fixed penalty notice of £400, according to a tweet posted by Waltham Forest Council.
A van hired to remove the items arrived while officers were there and those inside were also fined £300 because they did not have a waste carrier licence.
Businesses that transport and dispose of waste need to have a waste carrier licence and can be fined up to £5,000 if they do not.
The licence costs £154 and may need to be renewed every three years, at a cost of £105 each time.
All the items have since been cleared from the street.
The council encourages residents to report fly-tipping on its website (https://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/content/fly-tipping) and aims to remove the rubbish within 24 hours of each report.