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Man fined for dumping rubbish bags at bring site
A MAN has each been fined £75 for dumping bags of rubbish on the ground at the recycling bring site in Llandovery.
The council’s environmental enforcement officers were on duty at the site when they saw a vehicle towing a large trailer stop directly in front of the bring banks.
A male got out of the vehicle and unloaded several blue and black bags which he placed on the ground. He then unloaded a cardboard box containing bottles which he put in the glass bank, but then left the box on the ground.
As the man started to pull away from the site, the officers approached him explaining who they were and what they had seen. They searched the bags and found a large amount of food waste and other general waste that could not be recycled.
The officers highlighted the sign at the entrance to the bring site which clearly stated that no items were to be left on the ground.
He was issued with a fixed penalty notice for £75. Failure to pay could lead to prosecution in the magistrates court and a maximum penalty of up to £2,500.
The council now hopes this latest fine will act as a warning to others that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.
Executive Board Member for the Environment Cllr Philip Hughes said: “Unfortunately fly-tipping is becoming an increasing problem at our bring sites and we are very disappointed that they are being misused in this way as they are important facilities for communities.
“We want to encourage people to recycle as much of their waste as possible, however, people are dumping all types of waste at the sites and we have also had people leaving their recyclables in plastic bags next to the containers because they are too lazy to empty them into the banks.
“This is littering; it makes the area look unsightly and our officers can fine people for this. I hope people take notice of this latest fine.”
Environmental enforcement officers regularly patrol the county’s bring sites. More serious offences could lead to fines of up to £50,000 and/or up to five years in prison.