A Hull man who advertised his illegal waste services on Facebook has been ordered to pay a total of £2,794.44 after admitting fly-tipping in Beverley.
Rubbish including tables, metal cages, car seats, cardboard boxes, a gas bottle and other household items were found dumped at the side of the road in Long Lane, Beverley, in March 2017.
Adrian Paciorek, 30, of Adderbury Grove, Hull, initially pleaded not guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land in Long Lane, but changed his plea to guilty before a trial at Beverley Magistrates' Court on Thursday 8 February.
Mr Paciorek was fined £1,000 and was ordered to pay costs of £1,694.44 and a victim surcharge of £100.
The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council went to investigate an incident of fly-tipping in Long Lane on 20 March last year after receiving numerous reports from the public.
Evidence was recovered from the rubbish by a member of the public, who agreed to provide a witness statement which enabled the council to investigate further. Following information provided by other witnesses, enquiries led to Mr Paciorek.
Mr Paciorek had been advertising a waste removal business on Facebook despite not holding a waste carriers' licence.
The court was told Mr Paciorek had been paid £25 to remove waste from a property in Hull which was later found fly-tipped in Long Lane.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn residents to be cautious when using the services of anyone advertising on Facebook or other social media offering to take their rubbish away.
Streetscene enforcement officers are dealing with a growing number of cases where residents have hired illegal waste carriers through social media – but later discovered their waste was fly-tipped.
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.
But if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to the resident 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: "Residents are responsible for disposing of their waste properly and legally."If they hire a waste carrier without a licence they risk having their waste fly-tipped and being handed an unlimited fine by the courts.
"We're encouraging residents to follow our advice so we can crack down on this illegal trade which is blighting parts of the East Riding with dumped rubbish."
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.
• 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.
Photo showing the fly-tipped rubbish found in Long Lane, Beverley, in March last year.