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Unauthorised Waste Removal Services Fined for Fly Tipping

06 January 2017

Neath Port Talbot Council are warning residents to be aware of cheap removals services who are fly-tipping their waste and pocketing the cash. Neath Port Talbot Council has successfully prosecuted two people for illegally dumping waste following investigations of waste deposited on public land.

Fly-tipping in Briton Ferry

Councillor Alun Thomas

Both offenders attended court earlier this month and were ordered to pay over £2060 in penalties for breaching Section 33 of the Environment Protection Act 1990 that prohibits the deposit of waste without a license, and the deposit of waste in a manner likely to cause pollution of the environment or harm to human health.

Following complaints lodged by vigilant Neath Port Talbot residents, Neath Port Talbot Council’s Waste Enforcement Officers attended sites on Briton Ferry and Ystalyfera where they found green waste, household waste, cardboard boxes and packages, children’s toys and other miscellaneous items illegally dumped.

Investigations at the Ystalyfera site led the Waste Enforcement Officers to a client of a home and garden maintenance company in Graig-Y-Merched, Ystalyfera.

The client informed the investigating Waste Enforcement Officer that they had paid the company to remove their waste, however they were unaware that it had not been legally disposed of.

Following a formal interview, the offender admitted illegally depositing the client’s waste, as well as green waste from his own garden at the site, without a Waste Carrier’s License.

At a court hearing he was ordered to pay a £480 fine, £526 in costs and a £48 victim surcharge; totalling £1054.

Waste Enforcement Officers investigating the Briton Ferry site were able to track the waste back to a Swansea resident who informed the council that they had used Facebook to find somebody to remove and dispose of their unwanted goods and waste.

The resident was contacted via the social media site by a man from Wharf Road Caravan Park, Briton Ferry, who offered to remove the waste for £35.

Following a formal interview, the offender admitted removing the waste from the Swansea address for profit and not having a Waste Carrier’s License.

At a court hearing he was ordered to pay a £586 fine, £361 in costs and a £59 victim surcharge; totalling £1006.

Neath Port Talbot Council Leader, Ali Thomas OBE said: “The Council’s Waste Enforcement team is working hard to prevent fly-tipping, which is detrimental to the environment and unsightly for Neath Port Talbot residents and visitors.

“If you are aware of any instances of fly-tipping, I would urge you to report it online so that our teams can investigate, and where possible, prosecute offenders.”

Fly tipping of waste is a serious criminal offence which carries a fine of up to £50,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 12 months (or an unlimited fine and up to 5 years’ imprisonment if indicted to the Crown Court). Any vehicles involved in incidents of fly tipping may also be seized.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough council has a successful prosecution history and will prosecute all caught offenders.

Neath Port Talbot Council are urging residents to check that service providers are licensed to transport and dispose of waste before paying for services.

You can report any instances of fly-tipping within Neath Port Talbot online at: https://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=4261.

You can report any instances of fly-tipping within Neath Port Talbot online at: https://www.npt.gov.uk/default.aspx?page=4261.