Written by Gavin on 30th May 2018
Stark warning to fly tippers as local litter lout is fined over £800 for blighting the County Borough.
Fly tipping, littering or allowing your dog to foul in a public place will not be tolerated in Rhondda Cynon Taf and the Council will use all measures available to catch those responsible for blighting its towns and countryside.
The clamp down continues and includes the ‘Who Done It?’ campaign – where images taken by Enforcement Officers, of people the Council wants to speak to in connection with littering and fly-tipping offences, are posted online and the ‘Sort **it out’ campaign, which targets irresponsible dog owners, in a bid to rid our streets, schools, play grounds and sports pitches of dog fouling.
The male, aged 26 years old from Cwmbach, was found guilty earlier this month in Merthyr Magistrates Court for illegally dumping waste, which consisted of 3 mattresses along the beauty spot of Penheol-Ely Road, Pontypridd. Not only did this man dump the waste, aided by another man, both men had a child “look out” waiting in the white van.
The male was caught red handed for Fly Tipping under Section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 thanks to evidence obtained on one of the Council’s roving covert cameras, which are located at various points across the County Borough – There really is nowhere to hide as this male found out! Following the successful prosecution the male has been forced to pay a fine of £120, costs of £678.86 and a £30 victim surcharge – £828 in total!
View the CCTV footage
With a free, weekly, unlimited, kerbside dry, food waste and nappy recycling service and 7 community recycling centres across the County Borough there’s no excuse for fly tipping, especially items that can be recycled right here in Rhondda Cynon Taf – over 11000 mattresses were recycled in RCT last year, only 14 miles away from where this man dumped 3 mattresses (Ty Amgen, Llwydcoed). If he’d driven just under 2 miles further from his chosen dumping spot he could have taken them to Ty Glantaf Community Recycling Centre and saved himself enough money for a whole new bed – instead of a massive fine.
This latest conviction comes as the Council launches its “Choice is CLEAR- Everyone needs to recycle” campaign, which aims to increase the recycling rate across the County Borough to meet the Welsh Government target of 70% by 2024/25. The Council currently boasts a 64% recycling rate, which places the authority firmly in the top 10 in Wales, but we need to do more to hit the future rate of 70% and are targeting those who don’t currently recycle. Those residents who continuously fail to recycle could face a fixed penalty notice of £100. There really is no excuse not to recycle, with a free, unlimited, weekly dry, food waste and nappy kerbside collection service alongside 7 community recycling centres, which take items ranging from mattresses to pop bottles that are open from 8am to 7.30pm, 7 days per week (March-October).
The campaign is currently counting down to 4th June, when the new rules come in to force reducing the amount of black bag waste that will be collected to 2 bags or 1 wheelie bin with the lid closed. The countdown highlights the benefits related to recycling in RCT, including the fact that over 11000 mattresses were recycled in RCT last year, after they were taken to a Community Recycling Centre or via a special collection – a more suitable place for a beloved old bed, than the side of a road, blighting the countryside. The countdown will also include helpful hints and tips on how you could possibly increase and improve upon your recycling at home.
Nigel Wheeler, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Director for Highways and Streetcare Services, said:
“This successful prosecution sends a clear message that fly tipping will not be tolerated, and is the latest in a series of cases where the Council has taken further action when residents have dumped, or failed to control, their waste items.
“More and more people in Rhondda Cynon Taf are rising to the Council’s recycling challenge, which saw a record recycling performance, when 64% of overall waste was recycled last year. But, a small number of people are still not acting responsibly, and this latest prosecution, of items that could have easily been recycled at one of our Community Recycling Centres together with the introduction of the new rules from June 4th demonstrate that the Council is not afraid to take further action following waste offences – together we all need to support a green future, the choice is clear – everyone needs to recycle.”
For more information on recycling in RCT follow the Council on Facebook/Twitter or visit www.rctcbc.gov.uk/recycling