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Large fines should be ‘a deterrent’ to fly-tippers

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ISLANDERS are being reminded to properly dispose of their waste after two men were this week fined in the Magistrate’s Court of fly-tipping.

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Shane Roger Sweeney and Agostino Mendonca Nobrega were fined £500 and £1,000 for the offences respectively. Nobrega dumped a broken chainsaw motor and old wheelbarrow on the headland at Sorel Point while Sweeney left two black bags of mixed household waste at the side of the bins at the recycling centre in St Lawrence.

And last month, a builder who dumped asbestos waste in a field near his home was fined £2,000.

David Monks, head of waste regulation at the Growth, Housing and Environment Department, said the sentences imposed showed fly-tipping is a matter that is taken seriously by the court.

‘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,’ he said..

‘The sentences awarded by the Magistrate’s Court are 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.’

Islanders can report fly-tipping by calling Waste Regulation on 441600 or using the Love Jersey app on their smartphones.

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