Fined for fly-tipping asbestos

A woman who fly-tipped asbestos tiles near to junior football teams’ changing rooms has been fined.

Elahe Zakavi, aged 46, of Isleham Close Allerton, was found guilty at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court of fly-tipping asbestos.

The court heard that at approximately 10pm on 30 January 2013, Zakavi was seen taking bin bags from the back of her Honda 4×4 hatchback, with the help of an unidentified man, and dumping them over the railings near to the changing rooms used by the local junior football clubs on Jericho Lane. 

The bags were found to contain asbestos tiles.  Zakavi denied that she had dumped asbestos but said that the bags had been full of cardboard. She said she had mistaken the changing rooms for the waste reception centre for which she had obtained directions from the Council’s website and had not noticed that its opening time in January was 8am to 5pm.

District Judge Wendy Lloyd fined Zakavi £200 and awarded costs of £500 with compensation for the specialist clean-up required to safely dispose of the asbestos of £712.80

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for living environment and localism, said: “This was a particularly nasty case of fly-tipping.  Asbestos is a dangerous material and to dump it near changing rooms used by children is appalling.  Asbestos is not accepted at the waste reception centre at Jericho Lane and there is a cost to its disposal. This case sends a clear message that Liverpool City Council will not tolerate fly-tipping and will take action against anyone caught.”