CQ man’s ‘recycling’ efforts end in stealing charge

A CENTRAL Queensland man faced court after taking items from the local dump, which he was planning to resell for extra cash.

Adam Dean Willadsen, 34 pleaded guilty to one count of stealing at Emerald Magistrates Court today.

About 8.50am on May 28, a man who was later identified as Willadsen, was seen loading items into the tray of his ute at the Capella waste transfer station.

He took 13 batteries and many lengths of copper piping before securing the load and proceeded to leave, the court heard.

An attendant approached Willadsen before he left the facility and told him to return the items which were property of Central Highlands Regional Council, but instead he just drove off, police prosecutor Paul Cramp told the court.

CCTV footage recorded the events which identified Willadsen and his vehicle.

Police carried out a search warrant at his home where they located the items.

Willadsen told the police he thought the items were going to be destroyed at the waste facility and instead wanted to recycle them and get some extra cash at the same time.

“Once upon a time you could pull up at the dump and do that,” Willadsen, who represented himself, told the court.

“Cash them in and it’s just a little bit extra (money).”

He was fined $750 and a conviction was recorded.

The items have been returned.