£400 bill for Launceston ‘Man and Van’ flytipper

A Launceston man who advertised his waste collection business on social media has been ordered to pay £400 after pleading guilty to flytipping offences.

On Thursday 28 June Bodmin Magistrates heard how Paul Miller (40) of Southgate Place in Launceston ran a 'man and van' waste collection service. Having charged a local resident £60 to remove building waste, Mr Miller pleaded guilty to dumping the material on parish council land in Egloskerry in December 2017. He was also charged with failing to produce relevant documentation to demonstrate that he had legally disposed of the waste.

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Mr Miller was given a 36 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £380 and a £20 victim surcharge. 

Prosecution is a warning to others

Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection, Councillor Sue James, said the prosecution was a warning to would-be dumpers. 

“We live in the most beautiful area in the UK, so our message is clear to would be dumpsters:  flytipping will not be tolerated here. We are watching, and we will pursue you. You are costing tax payers as we are forced to spend money clearing up waste that has been flytipped. What other services could that money have been spent on? It’s shameful that people still do this when there are waste centres, open seven days a week, across the county.” 

“Residents also have a part to play. You can make a report of flytipping to us. And if you need to get waste removed, please make sure you use a registered waste carrier. If you don’t take appropriate steps, and the carrier dumps the waste, you could end up facing a fine or conviction. It only takes a few minutes to complete a check.”

Cornwall Council receives around 4,000 reports of fly tipping on public and private land a year.

It costs the Council - and taxpayers - thousands of pounds each year to collect and dispose of the waste.

Cornwall Council's Community Protection Manager, Lynn Carter, said: "We continue to work hard to tackle fly-tipping. Fly-tipping is not only unsightly, but it can also be hazardous, polluting land and waterways. We will continue to respond, investigate and, where evidence is found, take action against those committing criminal offences.” 

You can check if a waste collection business is licensed to do the job by checking on the Environment Agency’s public register