A man has been convicted of fly-tipping a large amount of rubbish he had been paid to remove.
John Vaughan, previously of Claypits, Bures, was found guilty of fly-tipping by magistrates after failing to attend his latest hearing.
The action was brought by Braintree District Council for offences contrary to the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Appearing at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on October 21 last year, Vaughan denied allegations that on or before April 22 last year, he fly-tipped a large amount of waste in Borley Road, Belchamp Otten.
Vaughan was accused of collecting the waste from a property in Bures for payment and then dumping it on a by-way.
Released on bail pending his trial, Vaughan failed to attend court on January 5 and was found guilty in his absence.
The magistrates fined him £1,600, ordered him to pay costs of £1,678.50 and a victim surcharge of £120.
Speaking after the hearing, Braintree district councillor Wendy Schmitt, cabinet member for place, said: “The issue of fly-tipping across the country costs between £35million and £40million a year.
“With authorities under increasing financial pressure, this is money that could be better spent delivering services for residents.
“Within the Braintree district, we have seen a reduction in fly-tipping over the last few years and, as a district, we take a firm approach to dealing with the issue.
“As has been seen in this case, if you do decide to blight our district with your rubbish, you could face a significant financial penalty.”