A MAN has been fined for failing to sort out his rubbish before dumping it at a community recycling site.
Wrexham Magistrates Court heard such problems had led to a health hazard and the closure of the Victoria Road site in Wrexham, depriving residents of the local service.
Hayden Paul Tudor, 44, of North Avenue, Ruabon, admitted incorrectly depositing waste around the recycling bins at the site. He was fined £85, with £299 costs.
Prosecutor Bryony Tomlinson said the Victoria Road recycling site was unmanned and residents were responsible for sorting out their own waste and putting them in the correct containers.
There was a prominent sign at the site clearly warning that there should be no dumping of general refuse and that contravention could lead to a maximum fine of £20,000.
On November 12 last year enforcement officers found a number of bin bags incorrectly deposited around the recycling bins.
They contained general household waste which had not been sorted and inside were numerous documents relating to Hayden and Wendy Tudor.
Interviewed, Tudor admitted dumping the waste but he said not all the unsorted waste was his.
He said he had taken the rubbish to the site because his usual site at Plas Madoc was not open.
Tudor accepted full responsibility and apologised.
Miss Tomlinson told magistrates: “This may not appear at first sight to be am particularly heinous crime.
“However, suffice to say that due to the actions of people dumping their waste at this site, without sorting it or correctly putting it into the relevant bins, this unmanned recycling site became a health hazard and has therefore now been closed, thereby depriving law abiding citizens of a local facility for recycling their waste.”
Tudor apologised to the court and said he thought his wife had sorted the rubbish before he took it but it turned out she had not.
He said he accepted full responsibility for what had happened and said that he wished to apologise for wasting everyone’s time.
Magistrates said they took into account Tudor’s early guilty plea and genuine remorse in fixing the fine.