Hull man prosecuted for fly-tipping in Benningholme

Tue, 23 Apr 2019

A Hull man has been ordered to pay a total of £1,050 for fly-tipping in two laybys in Benningholme near Skirlaugh.

On Wednesday, 17 April 2019, Beverley Magistrates’ Court heard that an East Riding streetscene enforcement officer visited Kidhill Lane, Benningholme, in response to a report of fly-tipped waste witnessed by a member of the public.

Two mattresses, a lawn mower, wood and large children’s plastic toys including slides and a sand pit were found by the officer on 7 January of this year. In the layby directly opposite, a pet cage, a carrier bag of general household waste and an empty cardboard box were also dumped.

The waste was traced back to a Hull couple who told the officer they had organised for waste to be removed from their property via Facebook and paid a man named Keegan Tait to remove this. They were shown photographs of the fly-tipped waste and recognised it as the same waste they had paid Mr Tait to collect and dispose of.

Keegan Matthew Tait of Allerford Drive, Hull, pleaded guilty to illegally dumping the waste at two laybys in Kidhill Lane, Benningholme.

Mr Tait was fined £500 and was ordered to pay costs of £500 and a victim surcharge of £50.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s enforcement officers have an ongoing campaign to clamp down on the problem of fly-tipping.

Officers are encouraging residents to dispose of rubbish in the correct way – by placing waste into their recycling bins, taking it to their local household waste recycling site (tip), using the council’s own bulky waste collection service or to hire a licensed waste collector to take the rubbish away.

They continue to warn residents of the danger of using fraudulent operators who cold call or respond to social media posts, posing as legitimate waste carriers. They are urging residents to follow the council’s SCRAP code (see below) and check that they are using a licenced operator.

Officers routinely patrol the areas worst affected by fly-tipping.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “The majority of residents have been supportive of our campaign against fly-tipping and try to keep the streets tidy, but there are some who still break the law and dump rubbish.

“We investigate all reports of fly-tipping, our officers will continue to patrol the East Riding and any evidence found will be used to bring a prosecution or a fixed penalty.”

Anyone caught dumping rubbish or fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice but, if unpaid, the issue will be taken to court where they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

Anyone who uses a third party to remove their rubbish which is later dumped and fails to check they are a legitimate waste carrier also risks being issued with a fixed penalty of £300 and, if unpaid, they could also face an unlimited fine in court.

The SCRAP code:

  • Suspect – Beware of rogue waste carriers. Reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If in any doubt as to whether someone is a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.
  • Check – Ask to see their waste carrier registration details and verify them by checking the online register at environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
  • Refuse – Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
  • Ask – Always ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
  • Paperwork – Make sure you get a proper receipt containing the written information for your waste. This should include what has been removed and where it will be going. Make sure the firm’s or trades person’s details are included.

Fly-tipping information:

  • 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.
  • For guidance on how to check if a person is a 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 £31 for up to five items.