Man who illegally transported and dumped waste pays heavy price
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30 September 2019
Swansea Magistrates have given a man almost £1,500 in fines and costs after he admitted transporting waste for profit and illegally depositing it at a fly tipping hotspot in Briton Ferry.
Christopher Evans, 40, of Llansawel Crescent, Briton Ferry, dumped a child’s bed frame, carpets, lino, drawers, boxes, black bags, and other miscellaneous items in a disused building in Wharf Road, Briton Ferry.
Neath Port Talbot Council received a complaint about the waste in June of this year and an enforcement officer found links among the waste to work which was being done to a house in Neath.
Later, the contractor carrying out the work said Mr Evans had removed the waste from the site for the sum of £150 in a white Renault van - the enforcement officer discovering through the DVLA that Mr Evans was the registered keeper.
In an interview in July this year Mr Evans admitted transporting waste for profit without being licenced to do so contrary to Section 1 of the Control of Pollution (amendment) Act 1989 and illegally depositing that waste contrary to s33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
After pleading guilty at Swansea Magistrates Court he was fined £500 and ordered to pay a £50 victim impact surcharge plus £884.76 in costs – totalling £1,434.76.
In mitigation, Mr Evans claimed his van broke down and he forgot about waste - saying it would have been removed earlier otherwise.
Councillor Ted Latham, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, said: “This case shows yet again we will not hesitate to prosecute those who illegally transport and deposit waste.
“This Council leads the way in prosecuting fly tippers. Fly tipping is a blight on so many of our communities in Wales. We take a zero-tolerance approach to it here and are proud of our consistently strong enforcement record, particularly in securing successful prosecutions.”