A Barnsley man received a fine and costs totalling £1036 for disposing of waste following an appearance at Barnsley Magistrates Court on Thursday 18 October 2018.
Samuel Wall of Smith Street, Wombwell, Barnsley pleaded guilty to charges under section 33 of the Environmental protection act 1990 for depositing controlled waste.
Mr Wall was caught on CCTV on Thursday 12 July 2018 fly-tipping pieces of a red leather sofa on Smithley Lane, Wombwell.
Barnsley Council’s enforcement team used their delegated powers to seize the vehicle used while the investigation was carried out. Mr Wall was unable to produce documents to prove that the vehicle belonged to him, and as part of the operation the vehicle was crushed on Monday 15 October. Footage of this can be viewed on the council's YouTube channel here.
The council can seize a vehicle if it is suspected to have been:
-Used for illegal fly-tipping that could cause pollution to the environment or harm to human health
-Driven by someone not registered as a waste carrier
-Used at a site that is breaking the rules of an environmental permit
-Breaking the rules of duty of care - used to transfer waste to someone not registered as a waste carrier.
If nobody claims the vehicle within a defined period, the council can choose to sell or destroy it. In this case, the council decided to have the vehicle crushed due to the saleable value being limited, sending a strong message to those who fly-tip.
At the court hearing, Mr Wall apologised for his actions. He was fined £110 and a victim surcharge of £30. He was also ordered to pay to cover investigation time and legal costs, totalling £1036.
Spokesperson from Barnsley Council, said: “Thanks to our enforcement team, we’ve successfully used CCTV footage once again to identify the culprit and seize his vehicle ahead of pursuing this court prosecution. This result is great news and sends a message to anyone thinking about fly-tipping in Barnsley – it will not be tolerated.
“As part of our #EverybodyThink campaign we are working together to stamp out fly tipping. It’s completely unacceptable that a few people feel it is okay to blight our borough. For over two years we have been working together to reduce fly tipping, and we will continue to use all the powers we have to make this socially unacceptable.”
To find out more about the work, the council is doing to reduce environmental crime and increase recycling, visit facebook.com/DumpitandScarper or follow the hashtag #EverybodyThink.