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Thursday 1 March

Make sure your rubbish isn't dumped

A Maidstone man is more than £1,600 out of pocket after being prosecuted for fly-tipping by Swale Borough Council.

Sam Geary, of Roseholme, Maidstone, was prosecuted after building waste, wooden flooring, cardboard and household waste was found dumped on Sawpit Road, near Kingsdown in April 2016.

Council officers traced the waste to a homeowner in Sittingbourne who was able to confirm Geary had removed the waste.

The council tried for 18 months to speak to Mr Geary about how the waste became dumped, but he refused to engage with the council, which led to the court issuing a warrant for his arrest.

He was arrested last month and appeared at Medway Magistrates Court on Monday, 26 February, via video link where he pleaded guilty to a charge under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Cllr Nicholas Hampshire, deputy cabinet member for safer families and communities at the council, said:

"This case shows the importance of households getting the details of whoever is taking their waste.

"In this case we were able to trace it to Mr Geary, who was unwilling to engage with our officers. Unfortunately for him, we don’t give up, and thanks to the court issuing a warrant for his arrest, we were able to take him to court.

"We take fly tipping very seriously, and if you need to get rid of excess waste, it is your responsibility to make sure it is disposed of correctly, or you could end up in court.

"We want to catch those who are actually dumping the waste, because if they’ve done it once, it’s likely they’ll do it again.

"We are simply asking people to check who is taking their waste, make sure they’re licenced, and keep invoices and receipts so you can help us trace them if waste is dumped."

Mr Geary was fined £1,120 and ordered to pay £112 victim surcharge, £300 Costs and £100 Compensation to the landowner where the waste was dumped.

To check whether someone is licenced to carry waste visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506506.

There's more information about how to make sure your waste isn't dumped, and out work to tackle fly-tipping, on our fly-tipping page.

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