A Chelmsford businessman has been fined £1,805 by magistrates for fly-tipping after dumping rubbish at the back of a building in Duke Street.
Chelmsford City Council took action against Gokhan Oner for offences under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The case appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court on Monday 3 June.
On 19 April 2018, a number of black bags and cardboard boxes containing food waste and receipts were dumped at the back of a business at 18 Duke Street, Chelmsford, close to the defendant's own business. The Council was alerted and began an investigation, during which evidence was found tracing the waste back to Mr Oner.
A letter was sent to Mr Oner requiring him to attend the Council's offices to provide an explanation. However, three scheduled meeting dates were missed and the case was taken to court.
Mr Oner entered a guilty plea for the two offences with which he was charged: knowingly causing or permitting controlled waste to be dumped; and failing to respond to a notice under Section 108 of the Environment Act 1990.
The Magistrates awarded costs in full in the amount of £1,045, as well as fines of £700 and a victim surcharge of £60.
Councillor Jude Deakin, Cabinet Member for Safer Chelmsford, said, "The small actions we each take every day have an enormous effect on the environment we all share. Chelmsford City Council is committed to making the city and its surrounds as green and well-cared-for as possible, improving our own local area while also reducing our wider impact on the planet.
"Selfish acts like fly-tipping and littering are completely unnecessary when we have access to a comprehensive recycling scheme and regular waste collections; they have a negative impact on our neighbours, on wildlife and on public health. We will investigate and prosecute wherever such environmental crimes are perpetrated."
If you see a fly-tip in Chelmsford, please report it at www.chelmsford.gov.uk/environment.
Friday 7 June 2019