A Bridlington man who advertised his waste removal services on Facebook has been found guilty of fly-tipping after he dumped rubbish in Woldgate.
Derek Potter, of Marshall Avenue, who trades as Diamond Removals, denied the offence but was found guilty following a trial at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday (January 19).
He was also found guilty of failing to produce waste transfer notes when asked to by East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
The court heard how Mr Potter advertised a tip run service via Facebook, and a Bridlington resident paid him to remove their waste and take it to a household waste recycling site.
But instead, Mr Potter dumped the rubbish - which contained a paddling pool, food waste, cans, bottles, nappies, DVDS and letters - in Woldgate.
An East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s streetscene enforcement officer was called to investigate the fly-tipping and they traced items back to the resident, who informed them they had used Mr Potter’s services.
Mr Potter was asked to provide his waste carriers licence and transfer notes for the waste he removed. But he failed to supply any documentation to the council.
Mr Potter was sentenced to a 12-month Community Order with a condition to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was also ordered to pay enforcement costs of £365.18, legal costs of £300 and a victim surcharge of £60.
The council continues to warn residents to make checks when hiring any individual or firm to take away their waste.
To operate legally individuals or firms have to be registered with the Environment Agency as licensed waste carriers, but the council believes some operate illegally and dump people’s waste at the side of roads.
Fly-tipped waste has to be taken away at council tax payers’ expense. If items can be traced back they could face a fine of up to £5,000.
Mike Featherby, the council’s head of streetscene services, said: “All reports of fly-tipping are investigated by the council and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution.
“We would urge residents to check a person’s waste carrier licence before they ask them to take away any rubbish.
“Residents have a duty of care to make sure their waste is disposed of properly and by a registered person, or they could be the ones paying the fine.”