The Council has successfully prosecuted a number of individuals for environmental offences, showing its zero-tolerance approach. These included more than £3,200 in fines and costs issued across four recent Court cases.
Joshua Watkins (top left), Carl Casey’s waste (top right), Chicken King’s contaminated recycling (bottom left) and waste dumped in Llwydcoed (bottom right)
The four cases were heard separately at Merthyr Tydfil Magistrates’ Court on February 20, 2019. The Council prosecuted all four individuals for fly-tipping and ‘duty of care’ offences using evidence gathered by Enforcement Officers. The cases saw:
- Joshua Paul Watkins, 23, from Trefelin in Trecynon, fined £310 and ordered to pay £350 costs and a £31 victim surcharge. This followed an RCT Officer finding a large car bumper on Abercynon Road, known as Grovers Road. Having reviewed local CCTV, the officer saw the man exit a car from its passenger side and dump the bumper in the verge (on August 24, 2018). The man was identified using the car number plate, and invited for an interview by the Officer – during which he admitted the crime.
- Carl Casey, 53, from Station Terrace in Maerdy, fined £150 and ordered to pay £987.72 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. The case concerned two incidents in early 2018, where waste was found dumped on the former Maerdy Colliery site and Cynllwyndu Road in Tylorstown respectively. An RCT Officer found the waste, which included burned refuse, clothing and household rubbish. Evidence found in the waste suggested it had come from Casey’s address – and after two invitations for interview which Casey failed to attend, the Council prosecuted. Casey was found guilty in Court of a ‘duty of care’ offence, by failing to control his waste.
- Fehmi Akar, 41, owner of the Chicken King business on Victoria Square in Aberdare, fined £582 and ordered to pay £400 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. The case concerned two incidents in April 2018, where an RCT Officer found trade recycling bags, contaminated with food, put out for collection. Evidence in the bags suggested the waste was from Chicken King. Akar was invited for interview by the Officer, during which he admitted the waste had come from his business – and that he had placed them outside another commercial property.
- A resident from Hirwaun, fined £120 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. An RCT Officer found five bags of household waste at Ysguborwen Lane in Llwydcoed, which had been dumped on or before January 5, 2018. Evidence found in the waste suggested it had come from the individual at her home address, and she was invited to attend an interview. She admitted the waste was hers but claimed she did not know how the waste got to the location.
Nigel Wheeler, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council Group Director – Prosperity, Development and Frontline Services, said: “These recent successful prosecutions by the Council shows that we will not tolerate fly-tipping, and are not afraid to take the matter further using all available evidence. Fly-tipping is illegal, a blight on the environment and is costly for the Council to clear up.
“Here in Rhondda Cynon Taf, residents have access to our free fortnightly waste and weekly recycling collections. There is also the option of booking bulky items for collection, and accessing our Community Recycling Centres seven days a week – which accept a number of waste items, big or small.
“There is therefore absolutely no excuse for dumping waste, and our Enforcement Officers will continue to investigate fly-tipping cases for the benefit of local communities and the environment.”