A woman from Hull has been ordered to pay £680.79 after rubbish belonging to her was found fly-tipped in Walkington.
Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, nappies and other household waste was found dumped at the side of the road in Walkington Heads in January this year.
Kayleigh Cowper of Enstone Garth, Hull, pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care by not checking she was using an authorised waste carrier when she appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 30 May.
She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £570.79 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council was called to a report of fly-tipping in Walkington Heads on 10 January.
Following an investigation, the waste was traced back to Kayleigh Cowper, who admitted the waste was hers.
The court was told a ‘man with a van’ had charged Miss Cowper £5 to clean her wheelie bin and had offered to take away her rubbish at no extra cost.
She admitted she did not check if the man had a waste carriers licence, did not get a receipt and did not take his details.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally.
When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are urged to always follow the council’s SCRAP Code (SEE BELOW) which advises what checks they need to make.
To operate legally any firm that removes waste has to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.
Residents themselves could face an unlimited fine in court if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to where it came from.
Also, anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice and, if unpaid, the issue will be taken to court, where they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “We would urge residents not to use the services of people calling at their homes and offering to take away rubbish, but instead use properly registered waste carriers – and get a receipt.
“The responsibility lies with the individual to make the necessary checks to make sure their waste is disposed of correctly and legally.
“The council investigates all reports of fly-tipping and any evidence found will be used to take further action which could include a fixed penalty or even prosecution in court.”
Residents are urged to take any waste that can’t go in their bins to their local household waste recycling site, or hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away or use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.
To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website www.eastriding.gov.uk and search for ‘recycling’.
For guidance on how to check if a person is a licensed 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.
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.