Mark Remnant (30) of Trelavour Road, St Dennis pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates Court on 24 January 2018 to fly-tipping in the entrance to Imerys’ Blackpool Pit, Greensplat, St Austell in 2017.
Mr Remnant was fined and ordered to pay costs in full, totalling £1074. The total included a £324 fine, £500 compensation for the clean up of the site and Council costs of £250.
The area where Mr Remnant fly-tipped the items was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot.’ This area was monitored in partnership between Cornwall Council and Imerys.
The flytip consisted of household waste which could have been deposited free of charge at a household waste and re-cycling centre.
Cornwall Council receive around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of this waste costs taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year. On private land the cost falls to the landowner.
Most fly-tipping cases are heard at a magistrates’ court where the greatest prison term is 12 months and the biggest fine £50,000.
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Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “This is a known flytipping hotspot. This work between Cornwall Council and Imerys sends a reminder to people that we are watching and will investigate if you dump waste.”
Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment & Public Protection Sue James said: “Fly-tipping is anti-social and unnecessary as in most cases the items dumped could easily be disposed of in a responsible way. It is good when staff and communities work together to bring offenders to justice.”