East Yorkshire council spending taxpayers’ money on fly-tipping clean up
According to the Pocklington Post, the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has spent more than £1 million of taxpayers’ money cleaning up fly-tipped waste in the last three years.
Since April 2013, the number of fly-tipping incidents have increased year on year; in total the council has recorded a 11 per cent rise in fly-tipping crime in the last three years.
In recent months, East Riding council has witnessed a significant increase in the dumping of building waste on rural land in the district. The areas of South Cave and North and South Newbald have been particularly affected by this type of crime, which can carry a fine of up to £50,000 and imprisonment of up to 12 months.
According to council figures, there were 2,817 fly-tipping incidents recorded between April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 in East Yorkshire, costing the council £350,000 in clear up costs. The following year, there were 2,903 incidents, costing approximately £340,000.
Last year, between April 1, 2015 to March 31, fly-tipping offences reached 3,126. East Riding council has used £350,000 of taxpayers’ money to clean up after unscrupulous residents and traders.
A spokesperson from East Riding of Yorkshire Council warned potential fly-tippers that any instances of illegally disposed of waste will be thoroughly investigated by council officers.
The spokesperson added: “It is vital that householders understand that, to operate legally, firms that remove waste have to be registered with the Environment Agency as licensed waste carriers. If fly-tipped items can be traced back to their owner, they could face a fine of up to £5,000.”
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Residents in Cardiff city notice an increase in fly-tipping following council waste changes
Residents from multiple Cardiff city districts have spoken out about their anger towards the council as waste collection service changes seem to have led to an increase in the amount of fly-tipped waste being dumped on the city streets.
Homeowners in Penylan and Splott are blaming Cardiff City Council for the apparent increase in fly-tipping incidents which are being perpetrated in these two districts and in others around the city.
In July last year, the council introduced a new waste collection system to improve recycling rates. The old 240 litre black wheelie bins, which were previously held by residents, were replaced at a cost of around £2 million by Cardiff City Council with a new 140 litre black bin and a 240 litre green waste bin.
Residents across the affected areas claim that the new 140 litre bins are not large enough for most households and that this is one of the main causes for the increase in fly-tipping.
Homeowners claim that bags of waste and random items of trash are being dumped in city streets and lanes and are creating an “eyesore, obstruction and a health hazard”.
Ian Layzell, from Keep Our Neighbourhood Bin Free, said that the council does eventually collect the fly-tipped waste, but in some instances, it can be sat in the streets for weeks.
Despite the complaints from Cardiff residents, Cabinet member Bob Derbyshire from Cardiff City Council said that the new waste collection service has been successful and the council has seen a rise in the amount of waste being sent for recycling instead of to landfill.
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The service will cost £40 a year for residents who sign up
Almost 2,000 residents have already signed up to a new garden waste recycling service that started in early April.
The new optional service has been organised by Calderdale Council and will work with waste contractor SUEZ. The scheme allows residents requiring their garden waste to be collected from home to opt-in to the new scheme.
Brand new bins, along with a leaflet covering the collection dates for the rest of the year, are being delivered and the first bin collections started on Saturday, April 9.
Mark Thompson, the Council’s director of economy and environment, said: “This is the first step in a number of improvements to our waste and recycling services this year… Calderdale is already in the top 10 for recycling rates in England, but we want to help people recycle even more.”
The new service will cost residents £40 a year and includes a green wheelie bin and Saturday collections, every fortnight, from March to November.
For residents wishing to share the cost with neighbours or friends, a subscription service is available. They must register their subscription and arrange for collection from one household only.
Most familiar garden waste products are suitable for collection, such as hedge trimmings, grass cuttings and leaves but soil, rubble, plant pots and garden equipment are not acceptable.
A sack collection will be available for properties that are not suitable for a wheelie bin.
Other areas in the country have also introduced the new garden waste collection service, including Birmingham City Council, where residents pay an annual £33 fee for the fortnightly service if they sign up online.
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A Leeds homeowner and a tradesman have been fined for fly-tipping in Leeds
Two individuals have been prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after they were connected to two separate incidents of fly-tipping on the streets of Leeds.
The first culprit, Florentina Daniela Ciurar, of Hunslet, dumped household renovation waste on Woodview Street, directly in front of her renovation project. Environmental officers from Leeds City Council chose to prosecute the woman because the waste was endangering the public as it was spilling over onto the road.
Leeds City Council organised the removal of the waste, which included used carpet, old furniture and miscellaneous household items. She was fined £250, and ordered to pay costs of £500 and a £25 victim surcharge.
A ‘man and a van’ business owner was also prosecuted in Leeds Magistrates’ Court after dumping waste at a retail park in Hunslet. David Horsefield, of Belle Isle, had collected household waste from a customer but had disposed of it illegally rather than paying for its disposal. Leeds City Council officers were able to connect the offender’s van to the fly-tipping crime.
Mr Horsefield claimed that someone else had been using his van when the waste had been fly-tipped, but this could not be proved in court. He was fined £250 and ordered to pay costs of £350 and a £25 victim surcharge.
Councillor Mark Dobson, from Leeds City Council, commented: “While we prefer to work with residents and businesses to educate and encourage people on proper ways to dispose of rubbish, there are times when we have to take immediate legal action and clean up to protect communities.”
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Tattoo parlour owner fined in court for fly-tipping controlled waste near his home
A Mansfield business owner has appeared in Mansfield Magistrates’ Court after council officers connected him to the illegal dumping of controlled waste.
The fly-tipped rubbish was found by a Mansfield District Council Neighbourhood Warden in August last year in Hermitage Lane, Mansfield. The waste had been dumped behind the premises of GS Prince and was made up of controlled waste materials.
The council warden carried out an investigation following the find and was able to trace the fly-tipped rubbish back to the owner of Black Anchor Tattoo, Premyslaw Mazurek, 40, who lives close to Hermitage Lane.
Mr Mazurek admitted to illegally disposing of the commercial waste and also to operating a business without holding a waste disposal contract.
The business owner was prosecuted by Mansfield District Council under Section 34 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 and appeared in Mansfield Magistrates’ Court in March, were he pleaded guilty to the offence.
He was ordered by magistrates to pay a fine of £600, costs of £285, community safety costs of £163.43 and a £60 victim surcharge.
Public Protection Councillor Mick Barton took the opportunity to warn business owners that they are required to possess a business waste contract with a licensed company. He added: “Anyone found without a contract in place is likely to face a prosecution.”
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Scrap yard owner receives suspended jail sentence for waste offences
The owner of a Wiltshire scrap yard and metal recycling centre has been handed a 18-month suspended jail sentence for operating a waste business without the necessary environmental permits.
Lee Hazel, owner of Melksham Metal Recycling, appeared in Swindon Crown Court on two occasions while the court heard the prosecution and defence. He was found guilty of waste offences and was sentenced to a suspended 18-months jail term on February 18.
An enforcement officer from Wiltshire Council discovered fly-tipped waste on land in Queenfield Farm, Melksham, and was able to trace it back to the premises of Melksham Metal Recycling, because of the “chalky liquid” trail that had been left between the two areas. Concrete pipes, chalky stone and road surfacing material were found deposited at the Farm.
The Environmental Agency carried out its own investigations and found that Melksham Metal Recycling, situated in Station Yard, had a waste disposal contract with a masonry company and was operating an illegal waste disposal business without obtaining the necessary permits. The Environmental Agency sent multiple compliance notices to Mr Hazel but these all went ignored.
Mr Hazel pleaded guilty to multiple waste offences in Swindon Crown Court and was handed a suspended 18-month sentence. His company was also found guilty of similar offences, and both will appear at a hearing in June, when fines and costs are expected to be handed out.
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Two men fined in court for fly-tipping air conditioning units and carpet
Two County Durham men have appeared in Peterlee Magistrates’ Court after being prosecuted by Durham County Council who caught the two men dumping waste items on rural land.
Andrew Forth and John Bowes used a van to travel to Warren House Gill, Horden, where they fly-tipped air conditioning units and a substantial amount of carpet in the countryside.
Durham County Council were informed of the fly-tipped waste and went to inspect the area. Council officers were able to consult a nearby and strategically-placed CCTV camera, which showed Forth and Bowes unloading the controlled waste from a white Ford Transit van.
The Council was able to trace the van’s registration number to its owner, Forth, who told the officer that his companion on the fly-tipping trip had been one John Bowes.
Bowes told Peterlee Magistrates’ Court that he had not participated in the actual fly-tipping offence but admitted that he had witnessed Forth fly-tipping and therefore pleaded guilty to allowing the illegal disposal of controlled waste. He was ordered to pay a £150 fine and costs of £330.
Forth, aged 29, pleaded guilty to fly-tipping and was was ordered to pay a £352 fine, costs of £410 and a £20 victim surcharge.
Ian Hoult, of Durham County Council, commented: “There is never any excuse for fly-tipping – or being involved in it. We will continue to take action against those who commit waste crimes as part of Operation Stop It and we would urge anyone with information about these types of offences to get in touch.”
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