Hull woman fined after failing to name person responsible for dumping her waste
A woman from Hull has been fined after she failed to identify the person responsible for dumping her waste.
Clare Robinson, of Dovedale Grove, Hull, admitted bags of rubbish found in Willerby Low Road, Willerby, were hers, but said her former partner was responsible for the clear-out of her garage - after which the waste was found fly-tipped.
Robinson pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care by not ensuring her waste was disposed of legally. She appeared before Hull Magistrates' Court on Friday (11 February).
Robinson was fined £80, ordered to pay £500 costs and a victim surcharge of £34.
The court heard the bags of household waste were found dumped on the side of the road in Willerby Low Road, Willerby, on 24 December 2019.
Streetscene enforcement officers from East Riding of Yorkshire Council investigated the fly-tipping and found evidence the waste belonged to Robinson.
When she was interviewed by the council in February 2020, Robinson admitted to the officers that the waste was hers, but said her ex-partner had been responsible for clearing out her garage and he had contacted someone about doing the task just before Christmas 2019.
Although she didn't have contact details for her ex-partner with her, she told officers she would provide them to the council at a later date.
Despite numerous attempts from the team, Robinson did not contact the council or provide any contact details for her ex-partner, and he could not be traced.
When she failed to pay a fixed penalty notice, the council began legal proceedings against her.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally by using their household bins or by taking the rubbish to their local household waste recycling site.
For larger loads they can also hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or they can use the council's own bulky waste collection service.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "People need to get rid of their own waste - or they may be held responsible if a fly-tipper goes on to dump their waste.
"Use your bins, our household waste and recycling sites, or hire registered waste carriers who operate legally, get a receipt and take the person's details. If not, you could be left paying a large fine - just like in this case."
Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.
When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are urged to always follow the council's SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make.
To operate legally any firm that removes waste needs to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.
Residents themselves could face an unlimited fine in court if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to where it came from.
- 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 licensed registered waste carrier visit the council's website www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping
- To find your nearest household waste recycling site visit the council's website www.eastriding.gov.uk/recycling