Hull woman fined £200 after Facebook fly-tipper dumps her rubbish near Skirlaugh

Thu, 02 May 2019

A woman from Hull has been fined £200 after a man she hired through Facebook to take away her rubbish dumped it near Skirlaugh.

A streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council was called to investigate a report of fly-tipping found in layby off the A165 between Skirlaugh and Coniston on 9 April this year.

The large amount of waste included large pieces of carpet, underlay, three doors, a grass cutter, an electric drill, other electrical items, cardboard and bagged household waste.

Evidence was found relating to a woman living at a Hull address.

When questioned by the officer, the Hull woman said she had posted a request on Facebook Marketplace asking for someone to dismantle a shed in her garden and to take away the parts along with some other bagged waste.

She said she paid an unknown man £90 to do the job.

The woman admitted to failing in her duty of care by not checking she was using an authorised waste carrier, failing to ask for a receipt and for not taking the man’s details.

She was given a £300 fixed penalty notice, which was reduced to £200 for early payment. The fixed penalty for duty of care offences was introduced this year as part of a national campaign to tackle fly-tipping.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to inform 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.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “The responsibility lies with the resident to make the necessary checks to ensure their waste will be disposed of correctly and legally.

“To help prevent fly-tipping, residents should use properly registered waste carriers, get a receipt and take the person’s details.”

Residents are urged to take any waste that can’t go in their bins to their local household waste recycling site, to hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.

Fly-tipping information:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council’s website eastriding.gov.uk and search for ‘recycling’.
  • The council provides a service offering to take away bulky waste, which costs £31 for up to five items, and can be booked through the website. Just search for ‘bulky waste collections’.