Suspended prison sentence for Hull fly-tipper who dumped waste in Willerby

Fri, 28 Jun 2019

A fly-tipper from Hull has been given an eight-week suspended prison sentence for dumping furniture and wood on a country lane in Willerby.

Mark Hewson, of Hainsworth Park, Hull, was paid £175 by a resident to remove unwanted items and a dog shed from a property in Hull – and then later emptied the items on to the roadside in Haggs Lane.

Mr Hewson appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 26 June, having pleaded guilty to the illegal disposal of waste on land in Willerby at an earlier hearing.

He was sentenced to eight weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, and was ordered to complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay full costs of £713.99 and a victim surcharge of £115.

The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer was called to reports of fly-tipping in Haggs Lane, Willerby, on 6 December last year.

The officer found two sofas, a mattress, carpet, a shopping trolley and a pile of wood, and found evidence at the scene relating to a Hull resident.

Mr Hewson responded to a message the Hull resident had posted on Facebook. The resident arranged for Mr Hewson to clear waste items and a wooden dog shed from his property and paid him £175.

The officer was able to track Mr Hewson down and found he had been operating commercially, advertising a removal company on social media.

Mr Hewson did not hold a waste carriers’ licence and was therefore operating illegally when he cleared waste.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to encourage residents to be cautious when using the services of anyone offering waste removal on social media.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at the council, said: “Our enforcement officers are dealing with a growing number of cases where residents have hired illegal waste carriers through Facebook – only to discover later that their waste had been fly-tipped.

“To help us prevent fly-tipping, we are urging residents to follow the SCRAP Code, which gives simple advice on what checks people need to make when hiring someone to take their waste.”

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 or a registered waste carrier.

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.

Residents are urged to follow the 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.data.gov.uk/public-register 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.