A man from Pelton Fell, County Durham who was paid by customers to dispose of their waste, but who then simply fly-tipped it in Gateshead, has pleaded guilty and been fined £760 with £150 to clean up his mess and £100 costs.
Dennis Bryan of Henley Avenue, Pelton Fell, Chester Le Street was paid by customers to remove household waste and dispose of it correctly. But instead of paying to dispose of the waste legally, he chose to illegally fly-tip it in a garage block in Longhirst, Gateshead.
The waste – which included a beer keg and furniture – had to be cleared and disposed of by Gateshead Council.
The fly-tipping was reported to Gateshead Council and the Council’s Enforcement Team immediately launched an investigation. This resulted in Mr Bryan being ordered to appear before magistrates in Gateshead to answer two separate charges related to the fly tipping.
He failed to attend for the hearings and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
On Monday 3 September at South Tyneside Magistrates Court, Bryan pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to £760 with £150 to pay to have the waste cleaned up and costs of £100.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“The public should be extremely careful about who they get to remove their rubbish.
“There are plenty of legitimate businesses who will remove your waste and dispose of it legally, but unfortunately there are also some who completely ignore the law and take your rubbish away for cash and then fly tip it wherever they can and leave it to the local community to sort out.
“Our advice is that if you need waste removing from your property, you should always ask to see an operator’s waste carrier licence before you pay them to take your waste away – and make sure that you make a note of the name of the person collecting the waste and the registration number of their vehicle. Any responsible firm will be happy to provide such information.
“You should also receive a waste transfer note on which will be the name and contact details of the person who removed it and the price they were paid.
“If Council Enforcement officers find your waste fly tipped somewhere you could then face a charge of allowing an unlicensed waste firm to dispose of your rubbish, which is a criminal offence.”