Posted on: Friday 17 August 2018
A man from Cwmbran has been fined after he dumped six black bags of household waste into the clinical waste bins of a nearby dental surgery.
Lee Topley, 39, of Richmond Road, Pontnewydd, deposited bags of recycling and other household waste into the commercial bins at Edwards Dental Practice.
He was caught after staff at the surgery noticed the bins were regularly full of household waste and alerted Torfaen’s environmental health team.
Mr Topley pleaded guilty to breaching Section 33(1)(a) and 33(6) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 at Cwmbran Magistrates Court on Monday 6 August. He was fined £100, and made to pay £100 in costs and a victim surcharge of £30.
Councillor Fiona Cross, executive member for the environment, said: “All of the waste Mr Topley was trying to dispose of could have been collected free of charge from the kerbside and most of it could have been recycled.
“The dental surgery pay privately for these bins to be emptied and they shouldn’t have cover the costs for Mr Topley to have his waste collected just because he can’t be bothered to use the free services on offer.
"We will not tolerate fly tipping and as this case goes to show we will investigate every incident reported to us and prosecute whenever we can.”