MAN SUCCESSFULLY PROSECUTED FOR FLY-TIPPING

North Devon Council has successfully prosecuted a local man for two offences of fly-tipping.

Mr Darren Elder from Bratton Fleming pleaded guilty to both charges of fly-tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at North and East Devon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 11 January 2018. He was convicted and ordered to pay £3,059 in costs by the court.

In late December last year, Mr Elder fly-tipped the waste when he was running late to return the hire vehicle he was driving during renovations to his property. The Council’s enforcement officers were able to trace him through the waste he dumped, and issued the fine for failure to have a waste transfer note or trade waste agreement as a result.

Councillor Rodney Cann, Executive member for Environment, says:

North Devon Council’s Executive Member for Environment, Councillor Rodney Cann says: “Fly-tipping is an anti-social crime, which costs councils millions of pounds a year to deal with. We are lucky to live in an area as beautiful as North Devon, and we each have an individual responsibility to keep it that way. This includes disposing of our waste in a legal and responsible way. It is disappointing that there’s a minority of residents who want to save themselves the cost of doing so by fly-tipping their waste, leaving the taxpayer or landowner to foot the bill. I hope this prosecution sends a clear message that we take a zero-tolerance approach to fly-tipping, and it will cost anyone who is caught committing this offence a lot more than it would to dispose of waste legally.”

To report fly-tipping, littering or other environmental offences, please contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website www.northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.

Photo by Graham Hogg (library image, not a photograph of the waste in question)