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A Hull fly-tipper who dumped items including a fridge freezer and a bath at the side of an East Riding country road has been ordered to pay more than £2,500 by magistrates.
Paul Jobling, of Nash Court, Hull, was paid £125 by a resident to take away their rubbish and dispose of it properly, but instead he fly-tipped the load in Common Road, Rowley, near South Cave.
Mr Jobling pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste when he appeared before Beverley Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 19 July.
He was fined £1,200, and was ordered to pay costs of £1,220 and a victim surcharge of £120.
The court heard streetscene enforcement officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council found a number of items dumped by the roadside in Common Road, Rowley, on 30 December 2016 and again on 16 January this year.
The fly-tipped rubbish included a fridge freezer, a bath and other parts of a bathroom suite, a garden chair, photograph frames, a heated blanket box, a handbag, cardboard boxes, plastic crates and other general household waste.
Investigations led them to Mr Jobling, who was interviewed by the officers under caution in March. He admitted being paid £125 to remove waste from an address in Hull which he then fly-tipped in Rowley.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn members of the public that they are responsible for disposing of their waste properly and legally, either by taking it to their local household waste recycling site, using the council's bulky waste collection service, or by hiring a licensed waste carrier.
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.
But the council believes some individuals 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.
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: "All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution."To help prevent fly-tipping we urge residents to make the necessary checks when hiring anyone to make sure their rubbish will be disposed of correctly and legally. That is their responsibility."
• 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
• You can download a leaflet from the website all about the SCRAP Code – the council's guide to checking if a waste carrier is operating legally.
• 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.
Photo The fridge freezer, bath and other waste found dumped in Common Road, Rowley, in December 2016.