Illegal dumping costs man £1,700
Merton has brought a fly tipper to justice as part of its new get tough campaign.
John Doherty was caught on camera dumping a truckload of building rubble and domestic waste on a field off Brickfield Road and then arrested.
Mr Doherty, of Wimbledon, was found guilty at Wimbledon Magistrates Court on 2 February of dumping rubbish in a public area and fined £200 and ordered to pay £1,500 court costs.
Councillor Russell Makin, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: ?Every year tonnes of waste are fly tipped in Merton and we are not going to let people get away with it any longer. If you fly tip you will get caught, you will be prosecuted and you will have to pay a substantial amount of money.
?Not only does fly tipping scar places of natural beauty and threaten wildlife but it can also be harmful to human health if it contains items of food that attract rats or, in some cases, possibly dangerous materials like asbestos or old chemicals.?
On average every fly tip costs the council £87 to remove and safely dispose of.
Residents and businesses can use the Garth Road Civic Amenity site to dispose of their waste and companies can have their waste collected by the council or another registered waste disposal company.
In addition, garden waste is collected by the council at no charge by appointment and there is a bulky household waste removal service that will take up to four items of furniture for £10.
Merton monitors fly tipping hotspots and if a fly tipper is caught on camera they will be prosecuted. If the council cannot identify a fly tipper, their picture will be printed in the local press, put up in Merton Civic Centre and the borough?s public libraries. If a member of the public can then identify and provide an address for the person responsible they will receive a £50 reward.