A fly-tipper who dumped household waste in the Devon countryside has been banned from working in the waste industry for two years.
John McDonagh has also been ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and pay £500 costs, in a case brought by the Environment Agency (EA).
McDonagh, of Victoria Road, Plymouth, cold-called a householder offering to remove waste for cash. Instead of disposing of it properly, he fly-tipped it in the surrounding countryside.
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The defendant was caught after he removed some old window frames and builders’ rubbish from a garden in Shaldon Crescent, Plymouth, in November 2016. The owner agreed to pay him £50 upfront followed by another £50 when he returned from the tip with a receipt.
McDonagh loaded some of the waste into his Ford Transit van and told the householder he would return for the rest.
He never returned and dumped the waste in Beara Lane near Marley Head, South Brent. It was discovered by a man who found access to his field blocked by two dumpy bags of builders’ waste, one containing a delivery note with a customer’s name and address on it.
The man reported the fly-tipping to South Hams District Council and handed over the invoice to the council.
Adrian Evans, senior environmental crime officer at the EA, said: “Householders have a responsibility to ensure their waste is disposed of correctly and doesn’t end up fly-tipped. If anyone offers to dispose of your waste in return for payment, make sure they are a registered waste carrier and do not forget to ask for a receipt. If in doubt, don’t hand over your waste.”
Appearing before Plymouth magistrates, McDonagh pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste contrary to Section 33(1)(a) and 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. He also admitted an offence under section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006 of dishonestly misleading a person into thinking their waste was being transported to a licenced tip for disposal.