A Bridlington man has been ordered to pay a total of £730 after he dumped rubbish on a country road.
Ashlee Jordan Berry, of Jameson Road, was paid £15 to dispose of several bags of rubbish but instead he fly-tipped them at the side of the road in Woldgate.
Mr Berry pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land in Woldgate when he appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 21 February.
He was fined £300 and was ordered to pay £400 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council was called to an incident of fly-tipping in Woldgate on 6 July 2017.
The officer found waste including clothing, a window blind, a tin of paint, a paint tray, a plastic basket and letters.
Investigations led the officer to a resident in Bridlington, who told the council she had paid Mr Berry £15 to take away several bags of rubbish.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn members of the public that they are responsible for disposing of their waste properly and legally by following the council’s SCRAP Code.
To operate legally firms that remove waste have to be registered with the Environment Agency as licensed waste carriers – and it is the responsibility of residents to check a firm’s licence.
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.
Also, if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to its owner, they too could face an unlimited fine in court.
Mike Featherby, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Residents need to be aware that they are legally responsible for their own rubbish and need to be extremely careful who they give it to, because it may end up being fly-tipped.
“We would urge them to take waste to their local household waste recycling site, use a licensed waste carrier or the council’s bulky waste collection service.
“All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution.”
Residents are urged to follow the council’s SCRAP Code and make the following checks when hiring anyone to take away their rubbish:
Suspect – Beware of rogue waste carriers. Reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If in any doubt as to whether someone is a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.
Check – Ask to see their waste carrier registration details and verify them by checking the online register at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
Refuse – Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
Ask – Always ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
Paperwork – Make sure you get a proper receipt containing the written information for your waste. This should include what has been removed and where it will be going. Make sure the firm’s or trades person’s details are included.
- 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, and can be booked through the website. Just search for ‘bulky waste collections’.
- 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.