IN A PROSECUTION brought by Cambridge City Council, a man has pleaded guilty to two counts of fly tipping waste at household recycling centres at Lammas Land and Cherry Hinton Hall.
On Thursday, 30 January, 2020, at Cambridge Magistrates’ Court, De Andre Johnson, of Newmarket Road, Cambridge, was ordered to pay a total of £1003 for fly tipping, which is a criminal offence under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
The court heard that a resident of Cambridge had paid Mr Johnson £80 to remove and dispose of their cardboard waste, which he did not do legally, and that a council enforcement officer subsequently discovered large quantities of the cardboard dumped at the recycling centres at Lammas Land and Cherry Hinton Hall in May 2019.
Investigations were carried out and, with the assistance of members of the public; the officers were able to track down the suspect. Despite being offered multiple opportunities to attend the council offices for a formal interview under caution, Mr Johnson failed to comply and failed to produce his waste carriers’ licence which gives him the authority to transport waste.
At court, Mr Johnson entered a plea of guilty for all of the offences but offered no explanation for why he fly tipped. He was ordered to pay a fine of £730, legal costs of £200 and a victim surcharge of £73 by Cambridge Magistrates.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “We take the issue of fly tipping very seriously, particularly incidents of repeat fly tipping. Dumping rubbish is not only unsightly and expensive to remove, but poses a health hazard, encourages further dumping of rubbish and deters communities from taking pride in their area.
“I hope this prosecution sends a clear message to people – please make sure you dispose of waste legally and responsibly. The vast majority of residents are thoroughly sick of litter, fly tipping and the eye-watering cost of cleaning it up and we are pleased to see that the sentence imposed in this case reflects the seriousness of the offence.”