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Islanders reminded about the consequences of fly-tipping

17 July 2019

​Islanders are being reminded to dispose of their waste lawfully and responsibly following convictions of fly-tipping yesterday (16 July) in the Magistrate’s Court, resulting in fines totaling £1,500 for the offenders.   

One offender was fined £1,000 for dumping a broken chainsaw engine and a broken wheelbarrow over the headland at Sorel Point in St John. Another offender was fined £500 after dumping two black bags of mixed household waste at the side of the bins at the recycling centre in St Lawrence, a facility meant for recycling only. Recycling centres are provided for the public to take their recycling, not for dumping other types of waste. 

Last month, a builder who dumped asbestos waste in a field near his home was convicted in the Magistrate’s Court and fined £2,000 and had to pay for the clean-up at the illegal disposal site and the original disposal costs.

David Monks, Head of Waste Regulation at Growth, Housing and Environment, said: “It is disappointing that individuals choose to dump their waste in our natural environment. As a community we all have a part to play in keeping Jersey clean and tidy. That means taking responsibility and dealing with waste properly.

“The sentences awarded by the Magistrate’s Court is a reminder that fly-tipping is a criminal offence resulting in substantial fines, this should act as a deterrent to those who do not deal with waste responsibly. 

“We want to remind people to take the responsible and lawful option when disposing of waste by going to a licensed site such as La Collette and to report in confidence any suspicious activities that might cause pollution to our environment.”
The public can report fly-tipping by calling Regulation on 01534 441600 or using the Love Jersey app on their smartphones.

Government provides facilities for the householders and businesses to dispose of and recycle waste.  Information about wastes types and the appropriate sites is available on the government website for example the household waste site, the reclamation site and energy recovery facility at La Collette. 
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