Potential flytippers are being put on notice following the court case of 38 year old Richard Green of Bodmin who pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 3 August 2017 to fly-tipping at two separate sites between Bodmin and Blisland in Nov 2016.
Members of the public reported the fly-tips on private land to Community Protection Officers, who checked the waste and uncovered evidence. A detailed investigation was carried out by officers, which established a link between the two sites and further enquiries proved a link to Mr Green.
Mr Green initially denied the allegation of fly-tipping until he realised that the weight of evidence against him was irrefutable.
Mr Green advertised on social media and collected waste for a fee. On this occasion he collected construction and domestic waste from several properties around Cornwall. Mr Green claimed he then tried to dispose of the waste at a Council Household Waste and Recycle Centre but he was unwilling to pay the disposal costs for the building waste and was subsequently refused access when it was determined it was trade waste.
The magistrates in summing up said the offences were extremely serious and this was reflected in their sentencing. Mr Green was given a 12 week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to undertake 80 hours non paid work, £1500 in costs and £450 compensation to the land owner for the cost of clearing the fly tip.
The fly tips were on private land and as such the landowners were responsible for the cost of the clearance and removal of the waste by a licenced waste collector.
Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste on public land costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.
Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said:“Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, we will take the appropriate enforcement action. The court’s comments and sentences handed down reinforce this. We were also able to work with land owner and recover the full costs their incurred for the clearance of the flytip”
Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection Sue James said: “This sentence sends out a clear message that flytipping is a serious offence. As a Council we are intent on tackling the issue and this shows that when we have evidence to put before a court, this kind of irresponsible behaviour can prove extremely costly to the offender.”
Mr Green pleaded guilty to two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 33- Depositing Controlled waste on land without consent and two counts of Environmental Protection Act 1990 Section 34 – Duty of care in respect of transporting waste without the correct documentation or a permit.
Images of the fly tipping at Shellwood and Helland.
Story by CC Media Team