Lostwithiel man pleads guilty to fly-tipping

Gary Coles (32) of Pendour Park, Lostwithiel pleaded guilty at Bodmin Magistrates Court on 11 January 2018 to fly-tipping in a country lane just outside Luxulyan in June 2017 and duty of care offences with respect to failure to hold a waste carriers licence and failure to produce relevant waste transfer documentation.

Mr Coles was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £302. 

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The area where Mr Coles fly-tipped the items was known to Cornwall Council Community Protection Officers as a local fly-tipping ‘hot spot’ and was being monitored.  

Mr Coles took waste from a household after being approached to remove it for a fee.  

Cornwall Council receive around 4000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year. The cost of collecting and disposing of the fly-tipped waste costs tax payers hundreds of thousands of pounds each year.

Lynn Carter from Cornwall Council’s Public Protection service said: “Cornwall Council continues to work hard to tackle issues of fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the Council thousands of pounds each year to clear up the mess. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, take the appropriate enforcement action.”

Cornwall Council cabinet member for environment and public protection Sue James said: “Cornwall Council continues to do everything possible to challenge fly-tipping. As this case demonstrates, it is important that people paying contractors to dispose of waste undertake the necessary checks to ensure that the contractor is permitted to transport the waste.  The contractor must provide the customer with waste transfer notes to ensure that their legal duties are complete.”

Story posted 16 January 2018