Ipswich Magistrates’ Court has ordered Stowmarket resident Tom O’Connor to pay £3,600 after he admitted to two instances of fly-tipping.
On July 18 Mr O’Connor, aged 27, of Fieldfare Close, Stowmarket admitted to two instances of fly-tipping along country lanes in Walsham le Willows and Hemingstone. Mr O’Connor attended court and was ordered to pay penalties including a £1000 fine, £100 victim surcharge and £2,500 investigation and legal costs.
The first incident took place in June 2017 when he discarded cardboard waste in a lay-by in Ixworth Road, Walsham le Willows. Council enforcement officers, using items found in the waste, traced it to an Ipswich resident, who explained she had used Mr O’Connor’s services as a waste collector having seen them advertised on Facebook.
The second incident took place in October, also last year, when a large number of black bin liners and boxes of household rubbish including food waste and soiled nappies were found strewn along the roads and verges of Sandy Lane, Rectory Road and Bulls Road in Hemingstone. Officers traced items to a resident in Stoke Ash, who also paid Mr O’Connor to take away waste.
Mr O’Connor was arrested in January by the Police on behalf of the Council. When interviewed under caution by council officers, he admitted having taken waste from both properties and dumping it.
On neither occasion did Mr O’Connor give the householder a waste transfer note to show he had taken the waste. He also admitted he was not a registered Waste Carrier, authorising him to transport waste. Residents and businesses who use private waste collection services are urged to request waste transfer notes from service providers to demonstrate that waste will be disposed of properly.
Cllr David Burn, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “Fly-tipping not only blights our countryside and communities, it also costs the taxpayer significant sums to clear it up. I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder that the Council takes incidents of fly-tipping extremely seriously and will take the firmest course of action, up to and including prosecution of offenders.
“This ruling also serves as a reminder to residents and businesses that they have a duty of care in ensuring their waste is disposed of properly and legally. Simply paying a third party such as 'man-with-a-van' to get rid of it for you without asking for proof they are registered to carry waste is not good enough.”
To find out more about how to prevent and report fly-tipping visit Mid Suffolk's fly-tipping pages.