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Date published: 28th November 2016

Two men have pleaded guilty to separate charges involving the illegal disposal of waste.

The successful prosecutions were brought by North Norfolk District Council.

Jason Harniman, who lives in Dunton near Fakenham, was charged with contraventions of section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 in respect of the householders’ duty of care and failure to make such measures as are necessary to secure that any transfer of household waste is only to an authorised person.

Mr Harniman gave his waste to an unknown man in a van who turned up offering to take his scrap and other waste at no cost.

He pleaded guilty to the charge which related to waste tipped on Tatterford Road, Dunton, at Norwich Magistrates Court on November 17. He was given a conditional discharge for 6 months and ordered to pay £70.80 compensation, £150 costs and a victim surcharge of £20; a total of £240.80.

Joseph Burden, who lives in Plumstead, was charged under the Control of Pollution (amendment) Act 1989 for the offence of transporting controlled waste without being a registered waste carrier and also for a duty of care offence under section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

The charges were in relation to waste deposited in Marlpit lane, Hempstead. Mr Burden had accepted an offer from someone who had offered to take the waste for £20.

He pleaded guilty to two charges on November 17.

Norwich Magistrates Court sentenced Mr Burden to a six-month conditional discharge and imposed a £20 victim surcharge.

Cllr Judy Oliver, North Norfolk District Council cabinet member for Legal Services, said: “To address the serious problem of illegally disposed waste and the impact it can have on the environment and landowners, Parliament has imposed strict duties when it comes to dealing with both domestic and commercial waste.

“Fly-tipped waste can create serious hazards and is incredibly unsightly and offensive. Dealing with illegally dumped waste uses up our valuable resources and wastes our money.  And it is our residents who end up paying that price, which is very unfair. At North Norfolk District Council, we will do all in our power to bring prosecutions against fly tippers.

“Always make sure you know that anyone disposing of your waste is correctly licensed to do so.”

Last updated: 23rd January 2017