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Chatham man slammed with £2,700 court bill for dumping rubbish

2 February

A Chatham man who earned £100 for collecting waste for disposal, must now pay more than £2,700 for dumping it on a council housing site.

Scott Ryan, 25, of Hopewell Drive, Chatham, fly-tipped property renovation waste including a large rolled up carpet, in St Alban’s Close, Gillingham on 19 December 2013.

Following an extensive investigation spanning three years, Medway Council’s enforcement team tracked him down and took the case to court.

Investigation

Thanks to an unopened letter found in the large rubbish pile dumped in a busy residential area, officers quickly had a strong line of inquiry which led them to a property in Richmond Road, Gillingham.

It was found to be a commercial premises undergoing building work, and following conversations with the site manager it was established that a local man, whose name was unknown, had collected waste from the address. He had claimed to have a waste carriers license allowing him to collect and transport waste for payment. Remnants of items similar to those dumped, such as sawdust and rubble, could be seen on the pavement outside, where not all of the waste had been collected.

Shortly after, Ryan was identified on CCTV and officers paid a visit to his home in Gillingham, where he was living at the time of the offence, at which point he was cooperative in confirming his name. Despite this initial compliance, it was a struggle to get hold of him again and he did not turn up to scheduled interviews about the fly-tipping incident.

Court case

The case was heard in his absence at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 25 January, where the bench found him guilty of fly-tipping (section 33) and failing to ensure waste was disposed of correctly (section 34) under the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Ryan was fined of £1,000 and must also pay a victim surcharge of £100 and costs of £1,644.65.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder in charge of Enforcement Cllr Jane Chitty said: "This young man earned £100 take dispose of the rubbish and now because of his irresponsible actions he must pay 27 times that amount. What makes this case even more concerning is that the waste was dumped in a busy residential area, where there are families with young children who could hurt themselves on the items.

"I’d urge anyone hiring someone to dispose of waste, to ask to see their licence and question them about disposal methods before going ahead. "Fly-tipping is not acceptable and anyone found to be dumping rubbish in Medway will be prosecuted."