A Feltham resident who hired someone to take away his rubbish has been fined £400 after it was found dumped.
The council tenant who lives in Imperial Road paid the men £15 to have the rubbish removed from his home.
However it was illegally fly-tipped a few roads away in Hatchett Road.
Hounslow Council's estate enforcement officers found evidence in the the rubbish which linked back to the tenant.
The householder had not checked to see if the men had the required waste carriers licence and therefore accepted the fine.
He would have otherwise been taken to court and could have ended up with a criminal record.
Hounslow Council has said this case should be a warning to all residents that they have a legal duty of care when disposing their rubbish or getting someone else to do it.
Councillor Sue Sampson, cabinet member for community protection at Hounslow council, added: "This is an example of how expensive it can be if you don’t dispose of your waste properly.
”We are targeting both the illegal waste carriers and those who hire them in an effort to stamp this out and stop fly tipping which is not only against the law and a health risk but also makes the lives of residents a misery.”
The council says illegal dumping costs £3.5million a year and it reduces the funds available for other services.
To report fly-tipping contact Hounslow council by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
For fly-tipping removal visit Hounslow Highways online or call 020 8583 5555.
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