A man who dumped a metal cabinet on a road in Hall Green has been ordered to pay £3,620 – and give up his van.
George Anderson, 24, of Fisher Street in Tipton, was caught on CCTV fly-tipping on Scribers Lane on 27th May.
He told Birmingham Magistrates Court that it was his brother in the images, but Anderson was convicted based upon him being “a person who controls or is in a position to control the use of the vehicle used in the commission of the offence”.
Members of Birmingham City Council’s waste enforcement unit seized the van on 26th June as part of their enquiries. The court confirmed that the vehicle would not be returned.
The council will now decide whether it is fit enough to use for a community purpose or be sold. If it isn’t, then it will be crushed.
Anderson was also fined £180 and made to pay £3,440.
Cllr Majid Mahmood, Cabinet member for clean streets, waste and recycling at Birmingham City Council, said: “Whether it is one bag of rubbish, a fridge or the contents of a house clearance, any fly-tipping in this city is completely unacceptable.
“The council will not tolerate this as it knows the top priority for citizens is clean streets. When cases are reported, we investigate – and when evidence is available, we prosecute.
“This case sends out a clear message that we do investigate fly-tipping and we will prosecute whenever we have evidence.
“If you fly-tip and are caught – and the likelihood is that you will – the consequences mean it is simply not worth the risk.”