“Waste removal” fly tipper pays the penaltyPublished Tuesday, 17th April 2018
A man who advertised on Facebook as a waste removal business has been ordered to pay up almost £2,000 after he admitted fly tipping in a country lane.
Daniel Lee Hurst, (25), of Rainbow Way, Sheffield, pleaded guilty to fly tipping waste at Back Lane, Nether Haugh, last August.
Sheffield Magistrates heard that Rotherham Council enforcement officers were called after a large amount of packaging waste was found deposited in the highway, blocking access across the road.
Investigations traced the waste back to a Wombwell resident, who told officers that he had hired a contractor via the “Flog It Barnsley” Facebook group and paid £100 to have his waste removed.
Officers then spoke to Mr Hurst, operating as DC Garden Maintenance, who claimed to be fully licensed on the company’s Facebook page. However investigations showed that neither Mr Hurst nor the company held a valid waste carriers licence.
Mr Hurst, who appeared before Sheffield Magistrates on March 27, was fined £1,200 and ordered to pay £584.10 in costs, with a victim surcharge of £120.
Tom Smith, Rotherham Council’s Assistant Director for Community Safety and Street Scene, said: “Once again, we would urge members of the public to be very cautious when using social media to engage the services of a contractor to remove waste.
“Genuine contractors will have been issued with a licence by the Environment Agency. If in doubt, members of the public can check on the gov.uk website.”