A woman from Leicester has been fined £300 in a fly-tipping incident near the Leicestershire Wildlife Hospital.
She had paid an unlicensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away in his van, but he dumped the old boxes, rubble and garden waste near the hospital in Kibworth.
The rubbish was dumped near the entrance to the hospital, preventing staff and volunteers gaining access to the centre.
Officials at Harborough District Council traced the waste back to a house in Leicester.
The woman was fined because she didn’t check to see if the van driver had a valid waste carrier’s licence.
Councillor Jonathan Bateman said: “The person who dumped this waste should be ashamed of themselves.”
“This is another positive outcome for the team and should serve as a reminder to residents to ensure they never use unlicensed waste carriers to dispose of their rubbish.”
Householders are legally responsible for any household waste produced on their property. They have a ‘duty of care’ to check that any person or business disposing of their waste is legally allowed to do so.