A Hull man who answered a Facebook request for someone to collect rubbish was ordered to pay a total of £926.77 after the waste was found dumped.
Daniel Peter Nix of The Poplars, Hull, said he had arranged for a friend to use his vehicle to collect a large amount of waste from a woman’s home in Hull in return for £40.
But Mr Nix refused to identify the friend, who he said was the one responsible for fly-tipping the waste at the side of a road in Brandesburton.
Mr Nix pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land in Starcarr Lane, Brandesburton, when he appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 27 March.
He was fined £300 and was ordered to pay £596.77 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
The court heard a member of East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s street cleansing team visited Starcarr Lane on November 13 last year following a report of fly-tipping.
They found kitchen cabinets, doors, decorating waste, an extractor hood and bags of household waste left at the side of the road. Evidence found at the scene related to an address in Hull.
An investigation by a streetscene enforcement officer identified a man connected to the address, who said he had posted a request on a Facebook selling site for waste to be collected from his mother’s house.
The man made an arrangement online with Mr Nix, and the next day a man collected the rubbish and was paid £40 for the service, but did not give a receipt to the resident.
Mr Nix told an officer he had been unable to take the waste himself so he loaned his vehicle to a friend in order for him to collect the waste. He refused to disclose his friend’s identity.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to encourage residents to be cautious when using the services of anyone offering or replying to requests on social media regarding rubbish removal.
Streetscene enforcement officers are dealing with a growing number of cases where residents have hired illegal waste carriers through Facebook – but later discovered their waste was fly-tipped.
To operate lawfully any firm that removes waste has to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “To help us prevent fly-tipping, we are urging residents to follow the council’s SCRAP Code.
“The code gives simple advice on what checks people need to make when hiring someone to take waste.
“Residents themselves can face an unlimited fine in court if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to where it came from, so people need to be aware of the risks.”
Residents are encouraged to dispose of their waste properly and legally by using their household bins, by taking it to household waste recycling sites, or by using the council’s bulky waste 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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