Posted on: Thursday 30 June 2022
A women has been ordered to pay £280 after her household waste was found dumped in the Afon Llwyd in April 2020.
Miss Charlene Evans, of River Row, Pontnewynydd, pleaded guilty to the offence of not ensuring the proper disposal of her waste at Newport Magistrates’ Court last week.
Five black bags of household waste that had been fly-tipped in a section of the Afon Llwyd in Pontnewynydd were retrieved by the Council after a member of the public reported the incident.
Investigations by officers from Torfaen Council’s Environmental Health Team revealed that the waste belonged to Miss Charlene Evans.
Miss Evans was initially issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice, which she failed to pay. Officers attempted to engage with her on a number of occasions, but she repeatedly refused to cooperate with their investigations. When Miss Evans did not attend the initial court hearing for the offence, a warrant wasissued for her arrest. She was subsequently taken to court, where she pleaded guilty and was fined £150 and ordered to pay £200 towards the Council’s costs, and a victim surcharge of £30.
Councillor Mandy Owen, Executive Member for Environment, said: “Fly-tipping is a serious environmental crime, and it costs taxpayers a lot of money to clean up. It looks unsightly and can be detrimental to our communities, wildlife and the environment.
“Every householder has a duty of care for disposing of their waste properly, so when making arrangements for someone to dispose of waste, residents are encouraged to check they have a valid waste carriers’ licence. It is also advisable to take a photograph of their details, or note them down.
“I would like to commend the excellent work of the Council’s Environmental Health Officers in bringing this case before the Courts and achieving a successful outcome.”
To report fly-tipping in the borough visit https://www.torfaen.gov.uk/en/Forms/Report/Flytipping.aspx