Yarmouth man gets court bill after dumping waste near Caister beach

Maxi Webb waste

Maxi Webb waste - Credit: Archant

A man has been left with a £660 court bill after dumping household waste near the beach in Caister-on-Sea.

Maxi Webb, 23, of Rayleigh Avenue, Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to offences under the Environmental Protection Act and the Control of Pollution Act.

In February 2015, the borough council’s environmental rangers received a report of waste fly-tipped on the car park at the bottom of Braddock Road, Caister.

The rubbish, which was subsequently set on fire, consisted of a large mattress, plasterboard, old wiring, cardboard boxes, packaging for coving and insulation, paint pots and general DIY waste.

Among the waste was evidence relating to a property which was being renovated.

Following an investigation, the borough council brought a prosecution this month against Webb, who admitted removing some of the waste without having a waste carrier licence.

There is no suggestion that Webb fly-tipped the waste.

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He was forced to pay a £500 fine, £100 costs, £45 for the cost of clearing up the waste and a £15 victim surcharge.

The householder was also given a caution, as it is the legal duty of the householder to check anyone taking waste from their home has a waste carrier licence.

Cllr Carl Smith, the cabinet member for the environment, said: “As this case shows, the borough council will prosecute when there is enough evidence.

“This case also serves to highlight the duty of the householder to check that anyone who comes to collect waste at your door has a waste carrier licence. As a householder you have a duty of care to dispose of your waste responsibly.

“Don’t just take their word for it – ask to see their certificate.”