A woman has been prosecuted by Dacorum Borough Council for fly-tipping in Hemel Hempstead.
In February 2018, correspondence linked to Mary Anne Talactac was found within three bags of waste fly-tipped next to garages in Harlow Court, Grovehill, close to her address.
As there were no witnesses to the fly-tipping, and no further information about how it got there, Ms Talactac was sent letters inviting her to attend an interview at the Council offices.
Ms Talactac did not make any contact with Dacorum Borough Council, so after further checks, officers decided to prosecute her for failing in her duty of care to make sure her waste was handled responsibly.
Ms Talactac, who no longer lives in Grovehill, pleaded guilty to the charge and was ordered to pay costs of £1,039.96, a victim surcharge of £21 and was also given a 12-month conditional discharge.
Cllr Alan Anderson, portfolio holder for environmental services, said: “We need people to understand that their waste is their responsibility. Anyone offering to take it away has to be registered to carry waste, or it could end up fly-tipped, and you could be prosecuted for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent it.”