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Hull Facebook fly-tipper ordered to pay £1,815 after resident's waste dumped near Howden

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Tue, 04 Jun 2019
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A man from Hull who advertised a waste removal service on Facebook has been ordered to pay £1,815 after dumping a resident’s rubbish in a layby near Howden.

Audrius Zigmantas, of Doncaster Street, Hull, admitted he and a friend collected the waste from a resident in Cottingham, using his van, but he claimed it was his friend who disposed of the items.

Mr Zigmantas pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land off the B1230 road at Balkholme when he appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 29 May.

He was fined £853 and was ordered to pay costs of £877 with a victim surcharge of £85.

The court heard streetscene staff at East Riding of Yorkshire Council found a large amount of rubbish had been fly-tipped in a layby on the B1230 road at Balkholme, near the M62 bridge, on 17 August last year.

The waste included several mattresses, a number of black bin bags, clothing and part of a car bumper. Evidence found at the scene related to an address in Cottingham.

Streetscene enforcement officers investigating the case interviewed the resident of the Cottingham address, who said they had contacted Mr Zigmantas after seeing an advert for his waste removal service on Facebook.

They said Mr Zigmantas and another man collected the waste from their home.

When interviewed, Mr Zigmantas said he had been self-employed during a few months in 2018 and had worked with a friend doing handyman jobs and waste removal.

At court he admitted visiting the house in Cottingham with his friend and removing the resident’s waste using his van, but he said his friend disposed of it.

Unsuccessful attempts were made to locate and contact Mr Zigmantas's friend.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents of the risks of using unlicensed firms or individuals to remove their waste, as some operate illegally and fly-tip your waste.

To prevent themselves becoming the victims of fly-tipping, residents are encouraged to use the council’s SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make when hiring someone to take away rubbish in order to make sure they are genuine.

Firms operating legally will hold a waste carriers’ licence and be registered with the Environment Agency. Residents can check that registration online at www.environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “Our enforcement officers are dealing with a growing number of cases involving Facebook adverts or appeals from residents being answered through the social media platform.

“To help us prevent fly-tipping, we are urging residents to follow the council’s SCRAP Code when hiring anyone to remove your rubbish.

“The code gives simple advice on what checks people need to make to avoid falling victim to bogus operators, such as asking for a receipt and taking the person’s details.”

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.

SCRAP CODE:

Residents are urged to follow the council’s SCRAP Code and make the following checks when hiring anyone to take away their rubbish:

  • 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.