Lithuanian Motors owner fined for dumped waste on Lincoln lane

The owner of Lincoln-based Lithuanian Motors had to fork out over £1,000 after waste and tyres from his garage was found fly-tipped on a road outside of the city.

Vitalijus Rybnikovas, 34, of Maximus Road, North Hykeham, appeared in Lincoln Magistrates Court on Wednesday, March 9 after the rubbish was discovered on Somerton Gate Lane in Waddington.

He was charged under the Environmental Protection Act for not checking to see if a person was authorised to accept his business waste and not keeping a written description of it, as well as not preventing the rubbish from being fly-tipped.

The court heard that Rybnikovas normally disposed of his business waste legally, but, when approached by a scrap collector wanting scrap metal from the garage, arranged they would take the general waste and tyres. He stated in interview that this would save him money.

The identity of the scrap collector was not established.

Rybnikovas pleaded guilty to both charges and was fined £480, with costs of £769.77 and a victim surcharge of £24. He admitted that he was to blame and was very sorry.

Councillor Richard Wright, North Kesteven District Council’s executive board member with responsibility for enforcement, said:

“This case highlights how important it is that business owners make sure anyone taking their waste away is not only allowed to do so by law, but doesn’t illegally dump it somewhere instead.

“Fly-tipping is not only illegal, but it causes a blight on the beautiful countryside that residents and visitors to the District have a right to enjoy.”

Last year the authority responded to almost 1,000 incidents of reported fly-tipping, spending nearly £75,000 on its investigation and removal.

Anyone spotting any fly-tipping in North Kesteven can report it online here.