Ipswich: Fly-tipper fined after rubbish tracked back to him
15:30 09 February 2013
A FLY-TIPPER who was caught after he dumped rubbish that had his name on it has been ordered to pay more than £600.
Paul Wale, of Rectory Road, Ipswich, admitted disposing of waste on land without an environmental permit last summer.
The 30-year-old had left enough bin bags and furniture to fill a Transit van, South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court was told.
The court heard that officials from Babergh District Council went to a spot in Pigeons Lane in Copdock and Washbrook after members of the public reported dumped household waste.
It took them an hour and a half to clear the pile of black bags, furniture and electrical equipment at the site.
The court was told that officers found several letters and bills relating to Wale in among the waste. He was subsequently traced and asked to go to Babergh council offices in August 2012.
Magistrates were told that during an interview under caution, Wale admitted dumping the waste during a house move.
He said he had hired a van and, despite taking earlier loads to the household waste site in Ipswich, had decided to dump the final load to save time.
Taking into account the 30-year-old’s early guilty plea, Wale was handed a conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £657.93 to meet the cost of removing and investigating the incident.
Matthew Bullock, Babergh’s environmental protection officer, said: “We are pleased with the result which acknowledges the cost incurred by tax payers to clear fly-tipping. It is a shame that having previously disposed of his waste responsibly, Mr Wale chose to dump the final load in this way.
“It is free to use the household waste site. Therefore, Mr Wale’s decision to dump the waste turned out to be an expensive mistake.
“I would urge all householders to think carefully about how they dispose of extra waste as the council will not hesitate to take action when it is dumped.”
In 2011/12 the council dealt with 233 incidents of fly-tipping at a cost of nearly £13,000. Householders in the Babergh district seeking advice on safe waste disposal can call 0845 6066045.