Five residents from Peterborough have been ordered to pay a total of £2,456 in fines and costs after being convicted of fly-tipping in the city.
Court action was taken by officials of Peterborough City Council following complaints from the public about dumped waste.
All five pleaded guilty at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court to fly-tipping.
They are Amanda Fisher, of Howland, Orton Goldhay, Caterina Boschetto, of Collingham, Orton Goldhay, Stephen Cooper, of Sunnymead, Werrington, Sebastian Mika, of Hampton, Peterborough and Alberta Correia de sa, of Orton Goldhay.
Fisher was fined £50, ordered to pay £400 costs towards the investigation and clear up and a £20 victim surcharge.
She was interviewed by officials after a member of the public contacted the council to report they had seen her dump two sofas in Howland, Orton Goldhay.
We have to clear around 8,000 fly tips each year and it costs us a fortune.Cllr Gavin Elsey
Boschetto was fined £75, ordered to pay £380 costs towards the investigation and clear up and a £20 victim surcharge.
Officials found evidence of her name and address amongst 20 bags of household waste in Collingham, Orton Goldhay.
Cooper was fined £180, ordered to pay £275 costs and a £20 victim surcharge. He was interviewed after evidence from a CCTV linked him to dumping paint cans in Werrington.
Mika was fined £300, ordered to pay £170 costs to the council and compensation to Circle Housing of £276 and a £30 victim surcharge for leaving bags of waste and items of furniture at a location in Hampton.
Correia de sa was fined £90 with £150 costs and a £20 victim surcharge after unlawfully depositing controlled waste at Hanbury.
Afterwards, Councillor Gavin Elsey, cabinet member for waste management, said: “We are committed to keeping Peterborough clean and green, but sometimes it feels like were fighting a battle.
“We have to clear around 8,000 fly tips each year and it costs us a fortune.
“Fly-tipping is a crime, plain and simple.
“If we find evidence of fly-tipping and believe we can successfully prosecute we will take perpetrators to court.
“Peterborough is a great place to be and we want to keep it that way.
“If you do fly tip, please stop, it is a nuisance and it costs us money.
“If you see anyone tipping give us a call on 747474 and we will do all we can to catch people in the act and bring them to court.”