Two men found guilty of fly-tipping waste in Babergh and Mid Suffolk in separate cases at Ipswich Magistrates Court are to pay a total of more than £3,000.
Mr Ionel Stanescu, of Sirdar Road, Ipswich, dumped items including a hot water tank jacket in September 2018 in Drakestone Green, Semer.
The council investigated the fly tip after witnesses reported a male dumping items out the back of a van into a ditch, along with the vehicle registration number.
Mr Stanescu attended Ipswich Magistrates Court on 16 September 2019 and pleaded guilty to the offence. He told the court he ran a scrap waste business and alleged he had been told he could drop the waste there.
Taking account of his guilty plea, the court fined Mr Stanescu £720, along with costs of £708.67 and a victim surcharge of £72.
Mr Andrew Wall, who was living in the High Street, Needham Market at the time of his offence, dumped 12 sacks of household waste in November 2018 at the roadside in Stonebridge Lane, Stowupland.
Sgt Brian Calver from the Suffolk’s Rural Policing team found the sacks during a routine patrol, and discovered they included items showing Mr Wall’s address.
An arrest warrant was issued following Mr Wall’s repeated failure to appear at court. On 30 September 2019, Mr Wall appeared via video link from Southend Police Station at Ipswich Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the offence.
Mr Wall told the court that he had failed to comply with his responsibility by checking the person he had asked to take his rubbish away was certified.
He received a £1,000 fine, along with costs of £477.41 and a victim surcharge of £100.
In both cases, the councils wrote to the offenders who admitted liability, and issued a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200. However, after failure to pay despite reminders, matters were referred for prosecution.
Councillor Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said:
“This is a great result for our Environmental Protection team, and it goes to show how powerful witnesses can be in providing crucial evidence. We hope that this makes clear the consequences of anyone thinking of fly-tipping in our district and encourages others who see something in the district to report it to us.”
Councillor Jessica Fleming, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for the environment, said:
“Fly tipping is an ugly crime that harms our environment and impacts on residents and landowners. Many of our residents across Mid Suffolk give up their valuable time to keep our communities clean and carry our litter picks, and it’s terrible to think that others feel they can dump waste and use tax payers money to clear it without consequence.
“I hope this result acts as a deterrent and encourages those who see it happening to report it to us as soon as possible so we can take action.”
Sgt Brian Calver from the Rural Policing team, said:
“Our rural county is blighted by the selfish actions of a minority who think they have the right to deposit waste as and where they like, with no regard for the consequences.
“Much of what is dumped in the countryside poses a hazard, be that by chemical pollution or physical risk such as discarded drinks cans that get churned up in verge cutting and turned into razor sharp hazards for dogs and wildlife.
“We will continue to work with local authorities in order to bring to justice those that commit these offences and ensure they are suitably punished.”