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Swale council is warning people that they too could be prosecuted if their items are not properly disposed of – even if they have paid someone take care of it.
David Steady, of Vincent Gardens, Sheerness, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Environment Protection Act after some of his rubbish was fly-tipped in Old Ferry Road, Iwade, by a contractor.
The 51-year-old appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court last month and was fined £100 and ordered to pay costs of £200 and a £20 victim surcharge.
A collection order to pay the money at £10 a fortnight was also made.
Rasaratnam Baskaran, formerly of Peel Drive, Sittingbourne, was also charged with a breach after commercial waste was dumped in Church Road, Tonge.
He appeared at Maidstone Magistrates’ Court last month and pleaded guilty.
The 47-year-old was fined £640 and ordered to pay a £64 victim surcharge and £300 costs.
The council has been unable to trace the actual dumpers because the two men were unable to provide details.
In a separate “environmental prosecution”, Richard Green, of Pintail Drive, Iwade, was charged with two offences of parking on a grass verge.
He did not attend court and was found guilty in his absence and fined £200 and ordered to pay a £40 victim surcharge and costs of £150.
Swale’s environment response manager, Alister Andrews, said he was delighted with the recent results which meant the council had prosecuted more than 100 offenders in eight years.
He said: “In the latest research we undertook with Swale residents, one of the most important aspects of the work we do was to see litter and fly-tipping offenders brought to court, prosecuted and fined.
“In the year to date so far we have prosecuted 12 offenders for waste-related matters.
“This compares to only 10 for the whole of 2013 so we are obviously taking our duties very seriously.
“We are likely to have 20-plus prosecutions this year.”
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