A York retail company has been ordered to pay a total of £1,262.18 after builders’ waste from a shop was found dumped on the roadside at Kilham, near Driffield.
Kopi Management Ltd, of Tang Hall Lane, had hired an unauthorised waste carrier to take away 14 black sacks of builders’ waste, plasterboard and packaging from a shop premises it was refitting in York.
Kopinath Kalanathan, director of Kopi Management Ltd, appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 6 July where a guilty plea was entered on behalf of the company to failing in its duty of care by not checking it was using an authorised waste carrier to dispose of the rubbish, which was then illegally deposited in Kilham.
The company was fined £500 and was ordered to pay £712.18 costs and a £50 victim surcharge.
The court heard the waste was found on a roadside verge in Harpham Lane, Kilham, on March 15 this year by a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Information relating to Kopi Management Ltd was found at the scene.
The rubbish was later removed by the council – at the expense of council tax payers.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn residents and businesses to make sure they dispose of their waste properly.
Businesses have a legal duty to arrange for the collection and disposal of their rubbish by using a registered waste carrier, either using a private firm or a council’s commercial waste service.
To operate legally firms that remove waste have to be registered with the Environment Agency as licensed waste carriers, but the council believes some operate illegally and dump people’s waste in the East Riding.
Anyone found guilty of fly-tipping could face an unlimited fine and even imprisonment. If any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to its owner, they too could face an unlimited fine.
Mike Featherby, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution.
“Residents and businesses have a duty of care to make the necessary checks to ensure their waste is disposed of properly and by a registered firm, or they could be faced with a substantial fine.”
Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk (search for ‘fly-tipping’).
People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.