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You’ve bin shamed: Middleton woman fined for garbage gaffe

Dumping two bags of rubbish less than two minutes from her home, proved a costly error by a Middleton woman.

Kirsty Anderson from Townley Street in Middleton, was fined after evidence was found inside the waste bags, which she launched down an alleyway at Back Gilmour Street, Middleton.

A council enforcement warden found the bags on July 20, 2023, with evidence inside that led to Anderson.

She attending an interview where she admitted to dumping the bags and was issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £150, reduced to £65 for payment within seven days for littering, which would have discharged her from any further liability.

Anderson appeared at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court in December, following her refusal to pay the FPN, where she pleaded guilty to an offence contrary to Section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act (1990) for littering and ordered to pay a total of £362 in fines and costs.

Councillor Liam O’Rourke, the council’s cabinet member for climate change and environment, said: “These two bags of waste could have easily fit in the bin, taken to the local recycling centre, or removed responsibly by a licensed waste carrier. This seemingly small act of negligence resulted in a substantial fine that equates to £181 per bag – why dump rubbish and not expect significant repercussions?

“Dispose of litter responsibly, from a single bottle to household waste – our streets are not the place to throw rubbish wherever you like, or is someone else’s problem. We’re serious about keeping our borough clean, and everyone should take pride in where they live.”

For larger items, the council offers two free bulky waste collections of three items per household per year.

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