A WOMAN has been fined hundreds of pounds after she dumped mattresses, discharged fireworks and clothes.

Tanya Smith, of River Way, Andover, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping at Basingstoke Magistrates Court after the waste was discovered by an officer from Test Valley Borough Council’s environmental service in Humber Court, near a disabled parking bay in November 2018.

The 40-year-old was ordered to pay a of £494.50 for illegally dumping her waste. Two mattresses, bedroom furniture, clothes, electrical items and discharged fireworks were among the waste.

Environmental portfolio holder, Councillor Alison Johnston, said: “We are all aware of the current environmental climate, so I am shocked to see that some people continue to dump their waste irresponsibly. Many of the items in this case could have been donated locally for someone in need to make use of them.

“It is important that we take our waste to the correct facility so that it can be sorted into recyclable materials and items that can be incinerated to produce electricity. Dumping waste like this is bad for the environment and poses a risk to the local wildlife and passers-by.

“If you are having a clear out and are unsure of where to send your waste, please contact Test Valley Borough Council for advice.”