Fly-tippers who dumped rubbish at recycling centre gates fined

Posted on: 14 March 2017

Two fly-tippers who dumped rubbish outside the Ashley Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC) near Tiverton in Mid Devon have paid £300 in fines.

Last year a member of the public witnessed a landlord and their tenant fly-tip their rubbish outside the facility’s gates.

The culprits had been queuing to use the Devon County Council recycling centre last year but decided they couldn’t wait and left their items on the verge outside instead, assuming someone else would clear it up.

The quick thinking witness took photographs of the two culprits and noted the vehicle type and registration.

This information was passed on to Mid Devon District Council, who is responsible for enforcing fly-tipping, who then investigated the offence.

Using the information from the witness the Council traced the offending fly-tippers who were then interviewed under caution.

Both admitted the offence and were offered the choice of paying a fine or going to court – each paid £150.

The witness said: “The actions of the individuals were completely selfish, irresponsible and environmentally damaging. My details have been kept confidential to prevent any repercussions, so I would urge others to report people they see fly-tipping.”

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 the unauthorised deposit of waste can now be enforced with a fixed penalty.

The Regulation to issue a fixed penalty was added to the Act in 2016. This option has given Councils the ability to fine offenders instead of pursuing lengthy and costly court proceedings.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s cabinet Member for the Environment, said:

“The County Council, the Environment Agency and Devon’s district councils work closely to ensure that people don’t get away with fly-tipping.

“Most people are law abiding and dispose of their rubbish responsibly. In this case just because it was a busy day this pair decided they couldn’t be bothered to wait and thought someone else would clear up their mess for them.

“I want to thank the community spirited member of the public who had the presence of mind to take down the details so we could investigate.”

Stuart Noyce, Mid Devon District Council’s Waste and Transport Manager, said:

“Mid Devon District Council takes all environmental crime seriously and whenever we have intelligence such as a witness statements we will pursue all offenders”.

Your local district council has a responsibility to collect fly tipping from public land such as highways etc.  If you see any fly tipping which looks like it may be on public land please report it to your local district council.

Where waste is fly tipped on private land it is the responsibility of the land owner to arrange its collection and disposal.

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