Householders warned of unlicensed waste removal servicesPublished Tuesday, 4th June 2019
Residents are once again being warned of the risks of using unlicensed “man with a van” waste removal services after a Rawmarsh woman’s household items were fly-tipped on a country lane.
Louise Flanaghan, (39), of St Mary’s Road, landed in court after household waste dumped at Back Lane, Nether Haugh, in August 2016, was traced to her address.
Ms Flanaghan told Rotherham Council officers that she paid £40 to a man she found on a Facebook ‘Flog-it’ site to remove 10-15 bags of household waste and a microwave from her home address. However she did not ask to see details of any licence or obtain a receipt.
Ms Flanaghan, who had previously entered a guilty plea to an offence under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, was sentenced in her absence at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on 28th May 2019. She was ordered to pay a total of £518.00.
Cllr Emma Hoddinott, Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Waste, Roads and Community Safety said householders should be aware of the risks of using unlicensed waste removal services.
"If it's a cheap deal to get rid of your waste, there is probably a reason why. I would encourage people to use a reputable waste company who will have no problem showing you their licence details,” she said.
Following an increasing number of cases where “rogue traders” and fly tippers have been using social media, the Council is consulting the public on proposals to amend its General Enforcement Policy to enable officers to better monitor the social media activities of suspects.