Fly-tipping fine issued to Ystradgynlais resident
9 August 2019
Dumping rubbish by flats has cost a Ystradgynlais resident £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 four black bags of rubbish that were dumped by flats on the Pen Y Bryn estate in Ystradgynlais in March.
The investigation started following a complaint from residents that rubbish had been dumped round the back of their flats in the communal drying and recycling area.
The dumped rubbish was searched by an enforcement officer, who discovered paperwork amongst the rubbish that linked it back to a resident several streets away.
Interviewed under caution, the suspected implicated their partner as having dumped the rubbish near the flats.
They received a £400 fine under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990. 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 Recycling and Waste, said: "When investigating fly-tipping incidents, it is often the case that suspects say they have excess rubbish.
"In this case, an examination of the waste found that most of it consisted of paper, plastic and food waste which are all collected at the kerbside every week.
"If people make full use of our weekly kerbside collection service, this really helps to reduce the amount of rubbish created in the first place.
"For waste that can't be recycled, householders should use their own blacked wheel bin or purple sacks to dispose of these items. Alternatively, householders can use their nearest household waste recycling centre.
"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."