A FLY-TIPPER who dumped furniture from a Stafford charity shop was ordered to pay £2,600 in fines and court costs.
Neil Brookes, 32, of N&G Recycling, was paid £150 by the British Heart Foundation shop to dispose of unwanted stock at an authorised waste site.
Numerous sofas, cupboads, mirrors and packaging were later found abandoned in Beaconside and Doxey.
The items were traced back through price tags on the furniture and packaging bar codes to the British Heart Foundation shop in Princes Street, Stafford.
Brookes, of Emery Street, Walsall, denied depositing waste in November last year, offences under the Environmental Protection Act.
He was found guilty following a short trial by Cannock magistrates on Thursday and given fines totalling £1,320. He was also ordered to pay £1,207.50 court costs and a £66 victim surcharge.
Brookes claimed he had sold the items on in good faith. He told the court he was now unemployed and had a claim in for benefit.
There were around 350 reports of fly tipping in the borough last year and over the last five years the cost to tax payers of cleaning up has been put at around £140,000.
Councillor Frank Finlay, cabinet member for environment and health, said: “Fly tipping is a blight on our area and those who appreciate the environment they live in do not want inconsiderate people treating the borough as a giant dustbin.
“It must have been particularly upsetting for those at the charity shop who believed the goods were being disposed of legally by a man who held an authorised waste carriers licence from the Environment Agency.
“But I hope this sends out a clear message that if you do discard your rubbish illegally then expect to be fined or prosecuted.”
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