A Hull woman has been ordered to pay a total of £490 after rubbish including a fridge-freezer and carpets were found dumped near Little Weighton.
Lisa Watson of Hotham Road South, Hull, said she paid a man with a horse and cart £40 to take rubbish away, but it was later found fly-tipped by the side of Rowley Road in Rowley.
Miss Watson appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 25 October where she pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care by not checking she was using an authorised waste carrier to collect the rubbish.
She was fined £120 and was ordered to pay costs of £350 and a victim surcharge of £20.
The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council found the pile of rubbish on the roadside in Rowley on 28 July this year.
The fly-tip included a fridge-freezer, other large kitchen appliances, tables, carpets, clothes, paperwork, household decorations and other general waste and garden waste.
An investigation traced some of the rubbish back to Miss Watson, who admitted paying a man to take the items away.
She did not check whether the man had a valid waste carriers’ licence and did not get a receipt.
The court was told some of the larger items had originally been fly-tipped on Miss Watson’s land, but she accepted some of the items were hers.
The council continues to warn residents that they are responsible for disposing of waste properly and legally, either by taking it to their local household waste recycling site, by hiring a licensed waste carrier or using the council’s bulky 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 fly-tip people’s waste in the East Riding.
Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice, or if the case goes to court they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.
If any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to where it came from, they too could face an unlimited fine in court.
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.
“It is regrettable that someone has probably unwittingly been drawn into committing an offence, but be clear the responsibility lies with the individual to make the necessary checks to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly and legally.”Fly-tipping information:
For guidance on how to check if a person is a registered waste carrier visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
The council provides a service offering to take away bulky waste, which costs £30 for up to five items.
Residents can report any fly-tipping or suspicious activity to the council on 01482 393939, or online at www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.