Caught on camera fly-tipping

Published Wednesday, 27 June 2018

A Bromley resident has been prosecuted for fly-tipping after he was caught on CCTV trying to open the lid of a school’s waste container and finding it locked, throwing three bags of rubbish over railings onto their premises.

Following the hearing at Bromley Magistrates’ Court last week, Warren Killick of Pembroke Road, Bromley, pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence under section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and was ordered to pay total fines and costs of £437.

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection and Enforcement said, “You might assume that trying to put your rubbish in a bin is the right thing to do but going out of your way to try and get rid of it in a school’s waste container is most definitely not - particularly as they pay for their waste to be collected and disposed of. No matter how big or small the amount of rubbish, it’s still a form of fly-tipping.”

Councillor Lymer added, “There are other disposal options and residents can find out more from our website.”

The court heard that in January 2018, bags of household waste were left outside the Bromley property but they had been ripped open and the litter spread around. Mr Killick collected the rubbish and placed it in three black bags taking them to a school nearby where he anticipated that their bins would be collected in the morning.

The CCTV footage showed him leaning through the school railings, trying to open the lid of one of the school’s commercial waste containers. As the lid was locked, he threw one of the black bags over the railings where it hit the top of the container then fell to the floor, splitting open. He is then seen dropping a further two bags on top of the container. Further enquiries and investigations followed and subsequently, prosecution.

The council is working hard to stop those responsible for fly-tipping and damaging the neighbourhood in a number of ways including the use of intelligence information, CCTV surveillance, ‘We’re Watching You’ campaign and ‘stop and search’ operations. They can also issue FPNs, prosecute offenders and seize vehicles involved in fly-tipping and from those unable to prove they are legitimate waste carriers.

The Enviro-crime Reward Scheme offers up to £500 for anyone with information that helps the council prosecute offenders. A description of the offender, vehicle registration, photograph or any other detailed information could be used as evidence and may enable the council to prosecute. Anyone seeing fly-tipping or another enviro-crime being committed is advised to call the police straightaway and report the details to the council.

Residents are reminded that garden and bulky waste is accepted at the council’s reuse and recycling centres for free but traders must pay. Anyone with garden waste to be disposed of may become a member of the council’s garden waste collection service for an annual subscription of £60.

For more legal waste disposal options, businesses and residents are advised to visit www.bromley.gov.uk/wastenews

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Notes to editors:

  • The case was heard at Bromley Magistrates’ Court on 20 June 2018. Warren Killick pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence under section 33(1)(a) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and was ordered to pay a fine of £207, costs of £200 plus £30 victim surcharge.
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