Ards Borough Council has successfully prosecuted a local haulier for using a bonfire site to dump rubbish illegally.
At a court hearing on July 1, James Muckle of Muckle Haulage, Carrowdore, was fined £750 and ordered to pay costs of more than £250 following his conviction for depositing litter, including plastic barrels, from his lorry in the vicinity of the bonfire site in Ballywalter.
Commercial operators who view bonfire sites as an opportunity to dispose of waste easily and cheaply should think again, according to Councillor Colville Elliott, chairman of the council’s services committee.
“This prosecution should act as a warning to any business which thinks it can use bonfires to dispose of rubbish. Not only is this kind of activity illegal and potentially dangerous, depending what material the waste contains, it also goes against everything we are trying to achieve with local communities across the Ards through our bonfire programme,” said Councillor Elliott.
The illegal dumping incident took place on June 19, 2008.