Woking man gets hefty fine for dumping household waste at recycling site

He was caught on CCTV cameras disposing of black sacks -Credit:Woking BC
He was caught on CCTV cameras disposing of black sacks -Credit:Woking BC

A Woking resident has been hit with a hefty £720 fine after illegally dumping household waste at a recycling site.

Woking Borough Council has successfully prosecuted local resident Mr Nicholas Tiller for illegally dumping household waste on two occasions in June 2023.

Tiller, of Paddocks Mead in Woking, was caught on CCTV cameras disposing of black sacks containing broken homeware, children's toys, and pillows at the Parley Drive recycling banks site, despite those items not being permitted there.

The first offense occurred on June 2nd when Tiller was recorded on camera dumping bags of household waste at the site. Just two days later on June 4th, he returned and improperly disposed of more black sacks filled with household items.

Tiller was issued fixed penalty notices for the two fly-tipping offenses, but failed to pay them despite repeated warnings that non-payment could lead to prosecution. This left the council no choice but to take him to court.

At a hearing on April 22nd, 2024 at Guildford Magistrates' Court, Tiller pleaded guilty to the two charges. He was fined £300 and ordered to pay £120 as a victim surcharge plus £300 towards the council's legal costs, amounting to a total penalty of £720.

Cllr Liam Lyons, Woking Borough Council ’s Portfolio Holder for Planning and Regulation, said: “This is another successful fly-tipping prosecution, which demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tackling this problem.

“Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and will not be tolerated under any circumstance. Clear signage explains what can and cannot be left at the Parley Drive recycling site, as well as notification that CCTV is in constant operation.

“For items which cannot be disposed of or recycled via your kerbside collection service or recycling banks, residents can dispose of their waste at the Martyrs Lane Community Recycling Centre, which is open seven days a week. This successful prosecution should send a clear message that we will not tolerate any instances of fly-tipping.”

For information about the Borough’s waste and recycling services, you can visit here

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