A 23-year-old man from Darlington has been ordered to pay over £3,000 in fines after being found guilty of fly tipping waste.
Darryl Henry, of Shelley Road in Darlington, denied fly tipping and a breach of Section 100 of the Environmental Act 1995 (failure to answer questions).
However, the 23-year-old failed to attend Peterlee Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 for trial.
The case was proved in his absence and he was fined £1,760 for fly tipping, with no separate penalty for the other offence.
He was also ordered to pay £1,000 compensation to the farmer upon whose land he fly tipped the waste, £250 costs and a £120 victim surcharge.
The court heard how, in January of this year, an enforcement offer from Darlington Borough Council’s Street Scene was alerted to a large quantity of waste in a farmer’s field on Darlington Back Lane.
Items within the waste, which included furnishings and toys, revealed evidence relating to several addresses in the Darlington area.
As a result of an extensive investigation, Darryl Henry was named as the person who had collected the waste from the properties.
Henry was named as working for a company known as “Darlington Rubbish Removals”.
The Street Scene enforcement officer was satisfied that Henry was involved in the unauthorised deposit of waste in the farmer’s field.
He hand delivered several letters requesting that Henry attend an interview under caution to explain his actions, but Henry failed to attend.
The court was told the landowner faced a clear up bill of more than £800 and the negative environmental impact on his crop yield due to the land being contaminated with the waste.
Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment, said: “This case clearly illustrates how important it is for householders to remember that if they pay to have someone take their rubbish away they need to check the person has a license and will dispose of it legally.
“There’s a number of unscrupulous people offering to take rubbish away, often posting ads on social media, and then dumping it in back lanes and in rural areas.
“That’s exactly what happened in this case – and 90 per cent of the waste involved could have been taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Whessoe Road and disposed of free of charge.”
Wallis continued: “Our message is clear, depositing waste in this manner is not acceptable and we will take enforcement action.
“The annual cost of street cleaning and clearing up after fly tippers to Darlington tax payers is approximately £1.5m a year.
“The vast majority of people living in Darlington are responsible and care about the borough, these cases show that we will catch and punish those who persist in this anti-social behaviour.”
For information on the correct means of disposing waste, visit the Darlington Borough Council website.
Source: Darlington Borough Council