York man ordered to pay £626 after rubbish found dumped in the East Riding

Mon, 17 Sep 2018

A man from York has been ordered to pay a total of £626 after rubbish belonging to him was found dumped at Newport, near North Cave.

Thomas Bojaczuk of Rawcliffe Way, York, said he paid two men £80 to take away some waste from his home, but it was later found fly-tipped off Stony Lane, Newport.

Mr Bojaczuk pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care by not checking he was using an authorised waste carrier when he appeared at York Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 11 September.

He was fined £146 and ordered to pay £450 costs and a victim surcharge of £30.

The court heard a streetcene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council visited fly-tipping on an M62 access road, off Stony Lane, Newport, on 23 April this year.

Furniture, wood, cardboard boxes, clothing, polystyrene, broken glass and household decorations were found among the waste.

Evidence recovered at the scene was traced back to Mr Bojaczuk, who admitted to the officer that most of the waste was his.

Mr Bojaczuk told the council that while cleaning his garage, two men in van pulled over and offered to take his waste away for £80, and he agreed.

Although Mr Bojaczuk asked where the men were taking his rubbish, he did not check whether they were licensed waste carriers, did not get a receipt and didn’t take the men’s 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.

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, get a receipt and take the person’s details.

“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.

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.

Fly-tipping information:

  • 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.