A Swansea builder was ordered to pay over £2,600 in fines and costs for waste offences, at Swansea Magistrates Court on Monday (2 June), in a prosecution brought by Environment Agency Wales.
David Wilfor Jones of Abercedi, Penclawdd pleaded guilty to two charges relating to the illegal deposit of controlled waste. The court was told that the Environment Agency had received reports that an area of land lying east of Culfor Road, Loughor was being used for the illegal deposit and disposal of large quantities of controlled waste.
Covert surveillance cameras were used to obtain evidence, and showed Jones transporting waste to the area of land on 25 October 2007, where it was subsequently tipped.
Jones was fined £1,000, was ordered to pay £1,621 towards the Agency's investigation and prosecution costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.
Speaking after the case Lyn Richards, Environmental Crime Team Leader, Environment Agency Wales said:
“Dumping waste from a building business is clearly going to create an eyesore and there is no excuse for cutting corners for personal gain at the expense of everybody else who lives in the area. Waste legislation exists for a reason and we won't hesitate to prosecute those who break the law.”
“Technology like covert cameras means that you're even more likely to be caught out breaking the law nowadays. Our advice is not to even try it.”