A woman from Anlaby has been ordered to pay a total of £550 after rubbish belonging to her was found dumped in South Cave.
Whitney Isgate of Legard Drive, Anlaby, said she paid two men £20 to take away her waste, but it was later found fly-tipped in Swinescaif Road, South Cave.
Miss Isgate pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care by not checking she was using an authorised waste carrier when she appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 12 September.
She was fined £120 and was ordered to pay costs of £400 and a £30 victim surcharge.
The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council visited the scene of fly-tipping in Swinescaif Road on 11 April this year.
Wood, floor materials, children’s toys, buggies, rubble and Christmas wrapping paper was found among the fly-tipping.
Evidence found at the scene was traced back to Miss Isgate, who admitted some of the rubbish belonged to her.
Miss Isgate told the council some work had been carried out on her home in April, which generated extra waste.
Soon after, two men in a van knocked on her door and offered to take the rubbish away for £20.
She paid the money but did not check if the men were licensed waste carriers, did not ask for a receipt and did not 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.
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