A FLY-TIPPER has been slapped with a £200 fine after dumping rubbish at a hotspot in Stafford.
Carpet and polystyrene packaging found dumped at the recycling area in Burton Square were traced to a Stafford man in his 40s.
The man told the borough council the rubbish was from his house move.
He was given fixed penalty notices for littering and must pay a total of £225.
Burton Square had become a fly-tipping hotspot in recent years as some people dumped rubbish there instead of taking it to the tip.
Things had started to improve after pictures of illegally dumped waste and the culprits were pictured in the press.
A total of seven fixed penalty notices were also issued for littering offences at the site last year.
The council is now warning people they will be fined if they fail to dispose of their rubbish properly.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “This area can become a terrible eye sore for shoppers and residents. It is quite clear what people can put in to the recycling bins and it is unacceptable for people to use it as a tip.
“I hope this latest fine will serve as a warning for others who think they will get away with disposing of their waste illegally.”
Information about fly tipping can be found on a dedicated page of the borough council’s website www.staffordbc.gov.uk/grimewatch.