Fly-tipping fine issued to Penycae resident
30 August 2019
Dumping rubbish in a layby has cost a Penycae resident £200 after they were fined by Powys County Council.
The latest fine was issued by the council's Waste Awareness and Enforcement Team, which investigated four black bags of rubbish dumped in a layby opposite St David's Church in Abercrave in early August.
The bags were searched by an enforcement officer, who discovered evidence amongst the rubbish that linked it back to a resident living in Penycae.
After being interviewed under caution, the suspect 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 for Recycling and Waste, said: "When investigating fly-tipping incidents, it is often the case that suspects say they have too much rubbish for the three-weekly collections.
"In this case, an examination of the waste found that the bags were full of plastic bottles, glass, cans, paper and cardboard, which are all collected from 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. 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 illegally.
"This case should be a warning that we will investigate this anti-social behaviour and take enforcement action."