People who allowed waste to be taken from their properties without checking the carriers’ credentials have been fined for contributing to a huge fly-tipping site in Essex.
Thurrock Council spent £97,250 on remediation of the half mile-long stretch of material discovered at Purfleet late last year, and a council spokesman said they had still not caught the main perpetrators.
The waste was primarily building materials transported to the site from east London, but some of it was attributable to individual householders.
Basildon magistrates dealt with five cases on 12 June, four of which involved people using unlicensed operators to dispose of their domestic waste. Fines ranged from £200 to £1,440 with orders for compensation between £250 and £750 (full details below).
Terry Brookes, council portfolio holder for public protection, said: “This sends out a clear message to everyone who thinks they’ve found a short cut to getting rid of their rubbish. Don’t do it.
“Councils like Thurrock are becoming increasingly pressured over finances, and having to spend £100,000 to clear up other people’s mess is £100,000 which could be much better targeted.”
He added: “When we find evidence in fly-tipping we will follow it through, and those we prosecute will find themselves with a record. As the price of recycled materials falls and that of properly disposing of waste rises, we see more and more of this sort of thing.”
- Abdul Mumin, 24, of Sheridan Road, East Ham, was fined £350, told to pay £560 in prosecution costs, a £35 victim surcharge and £250 compensation to the council
- Bryan Kerr, 38, of Mayall Road, Herne Hill, was fined £1,440 and ordered to pay £560 in prosecution costs, a £120 victim surcharge and £500 compensation
- Martin Dansey, 45, of Cranbrook Park, Wood Green, was fined £255 and ordered to pay £560 prosecution costs, a £26 victim surcharge and £500 compensation
- Rakesh Shah, 45, of Bowes Road, north London, was fined £575 and ordered to pay £560 prosecution costs, a £58 victim surcharge and £750 compensation
- Jason Ramen, 39, of Bunyan Road, Walthamstow, was charged with carrying waste and was fined £200 and ordered £560 prosecution costs, a £20 victim surcharge and £750 compensation