Cameras catch out selfish fly tippers
Merton Council successfully prosecuted two Mitcham residents for fly tipping earlier this month. Mr Emmanuel Andorful of Lammas Avenue and ‘Oysters’ fish and chip shop owner, Bin He Wang, were both convicted in Wimbledon Magistrates Court of fly-tipping offences within the borough.
These two latest prosecutions bring the total number of successful fly tipping cases for Merton Council to 32 over the last 2 years with fines totalling £9,225 and costs awarded of £14,335, which go directly to the Council.
Mr Andorful was fined £200.00 and ordered to pay the full investigation and prosecution costs of £775.00 plus a £15.00 surcharge after pleading guilty to the offences at Wimbledon Magistrates Court.
Mr Andorful was caught on one of the council’s hidden cameras dumping a bed base, TV stand and wood next to recycling bins backing onto Figge’s Marsh at 6am on 14 March.
Mr Wang – also caught by camera – was convicted of repeated fly tipping offences at the same location. Following a guilty plea, Mr Wang was fined £400.00 and ordered to pay the full prosecution costs of £815.00 plus a £15.00 surcharge.
In both cases the courts were informed that recycling bins were for householders to dispose of domestic waste only and that businesses were required to have in place contracts for the collection of their commercial waste and recycling. Also, it was made clear that for a small fee householders can arrange for the Council to collect bulky items such as sofas and beds.
The court was informed that in 2007/08 alone the council spent £175,000.00 on clearing up 3,000 fly tips.
Cabinet Member for environment and leisure services Councillor David Simpson said “We will not stand for residents or businesses dumping their rubbish illegally in Merton. Leaving waste is an eyesore, but more than that it attracts vermin and can risk the health and safety of residents”.
“Merton Council’s enforcement teams will continue to catch and prosecute those who break the law, as their activities are not only detrimental to the environment but they also cost the council – and therefore the council taxpayer – significant sums of money that we would much rather be spending on delivering front line services for local residents. This type of activity also threatens the future provision of useful and well-liked community recycling facilities.”
To book a bulky waste collection contact Merton’s waste helpline on 020 8274 4902 or for more information visit http://www.merton.gov.uk/bulky
Notes to editors:
Merton Council provides a bulky waste collection service. For a fee of £20.00 the council will take away five large items such as beds and sofas.
London Borough of Merton
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