Landlord fined for fly-tipping
18 June 2019
Dumping rubbish in a layby has cost a Rhondda Cynon Taf landlord £200 after they were fined by Powys County Council.
Now the council is warning the public that they could be fined if their waste is found fly-tipped in the county.
The latest fine was issued by the council's Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team, which investigated eight black bags of rubbish dumped in a layby near Penderyn on the Powys / Rhondda Cynon Taf border.
An examination of the rubbish traced it back to a property in Merthyr Tydfil. Checks revealed that the property had been vacated recently.
The landlord of the property was traced back to Rhondda Cynon Taf. Interviewed under caution, they admitted clearing out the property in between tenants and disposing the waste in the layby on the A4059.
The landlord received a £400 fine under the Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Wales) Regulations. They accepted the fine and paid £200, as an early repayment option is available if the fine is paid within 14 days.
Cllr Phyl Davies, Cabinet Member for Highways, Recycling and Assets, said: "We want to make Powys a welcoming place for our residents and visitors and this starts by having a clean environment.
"The majority of the public and businesses already recycling and dispose of their waste in the correct way. However, there are those who blight our communities with their selfish actions by fly-tipping their waste.
"We need to reinforce the message that fly-tipping is a criminal offence that harms the environment and costs taxpayers money when it has to be cleared up. We will clamp down on those who dispose of their waste illegal by stepping up our enforcement activities.
"We hope this will act as a warning to show that we will investigate this anti-social behaviour and take the appropriate enforcement action."