Hull gardener ordered to pay £780 after customer's rubbish is dumped at Wawne

Mon, 04 Feb 2019

A gardening firm owner from Hull has been ordered to pay a total of £780 after a pile of rubbish was found dumped in a layby at Wawne.

Aiden Taylor of Boulevard, Hull, pleaded guilty to failing in his duty of care regarding the disposal of a customer’s waste when he appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 30 January.

Mr Taylor was fined £150 and was ordered to pay £600 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

The court was told a pile of waste including wood, carpet and rubble was found in a layby on Meaux Road, Wawne, on 12 June last year by a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

Investigations by the officer traced the rubbish back to a Hull resident, who said he had paid Aiden Taylor of The Garden Ninja to take waste away from his property.

Mr Taylor had told the resident the waste would be put in a skip back at his business’s base.

However Mr Taylor admitted he gave the waste to another person to dispose of, but did not make the necessary checks about what would happen to the waste.

Mr Taylor told the court he ran his own gardening firm, The Garden Ninja, which involved taking waste from customers’ properties, however he did not hold the correct licence to carry and dispose of general household waste.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to inform residents and businesses that they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally.

To operate lawfully any firm that removes waste has to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.

When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are also urged to always follow the council’s SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make.

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.

But 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: “The responsibility lies with the individual to make the necessary checks to make sure their waste will be disposed of correctly and legally.

“And any businesses dealing with the removal of waste needs to have a proper licence.

“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.”

Fly-tipping information:

  • To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website 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 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 eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
  • People are asked not to touch any fly-tipped waste or approach anyone they see fly-tipping.