Two successful prosecutions for fly-tipping

Posted on: 26 May 2017

North Devon Council has successfully prosecuted two individuals following fly-tipping offences in the district.

The two separate cases of fly-tipping were heard at North Devon Magistrates Court on Thursday 11 May 2017. Over £1,600 in fines and costs were ordered by the court for the two offences, which related to the use of unregistered waste carriers who fly-tipped what they were paid to take away.

In the first case, the manager of a local Barnstaple takeaway shop pleaded guilty to one offence of fly tipping two commercial refrigeration units in Stowford near Chittlehampton. He was convicted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and received a fine of £200 and was ordered to pay the council’s costs of £570. In this case, he used a third party to dispose of his old refrigeration units, paying them £200 to take them away. However, he failed to check if they were a registered waste carrier and the refrigeration units were fly-tipped.

In the second case, John Fownes from Dulverton pleaded guilty to two charges of fly tipping car parts on Exmoor National Park. He was convicted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, received a fine of £153 and was ordered to pay council costs of £732. Fownes stated that he paid a third party £50 to remove the items, but failed to check that they were a registered waste carrier.

Head of Operational Services, Ricky McCormack, says: “This is a stark reminder to everyone, that if you’re having building work done, or are getting rid of any waste items, you must check that the person you pay to take it away, is a registered waste carrier. You must ask to see their permit, ensure you get a receipt and any other details, including a name, address and vehicle registration. Unfortunately, unscrupulous characters can come across as very helpful and plausible and will fly-tip waste anywhere they can, leaving the unsuspecting customer to face a court appearance and to pay potential fines.”

If you suspect that a waste carrier is bogus or if they refuse to issue you with a receipt for carrying any waste, contact North Devon Council on 01271 388870.

To report a littering, flytipping or other environmental offence, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website, www.northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.

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