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Man with a van collects weighty fine for illegal fly-tipping

A man who advertises rubbish collection services on social media has been fined £1,700 for illegal fly-tipping on a country lane in Leeds.

Credit: Leeds City Council

Christoper Brennan of Eastwood Driver in Swarcliffe, who pleaded guilty at a hearing at Leeds magistrates court, was fined £692 for dumping waste for profit. He was also ordered to pay a £69 victim surcharge and £975 costs.

An investigation by Leeds City Council revealed Mr Brennan was responsible for a large amount of fly-tipping on a narrow country lane in Shadwell, which was blocking access along the road.

Despite not having a waste carriers licence, he was advertising services on Facebook including house clearances, full house removals, skip runs, garden clearance and pick-ups and collections of large items.

Mr Brennan told the court he did try to dispose of the waste at the council’s household waste site but was turned away as he did not have a resident’s permit. However the household waste site at Seacroft does accept commercial waste – as long as it is declared as such, weighed, and the disposal is paid for accordingly.

It is thought that much of the waste fly tipped in Leeds and around the country is from individuals offering to remove waste from residents and businesses at a cheap rate who then fly tip the waste illegally to avoid paying for disposal costs, undercutting legitimate waste removal and disposal companies. This has a significant impact on residents and communities, and costs the council - and therefore the tax payer - millions of pounds a year.

So we are urging people to make sure they check that people who offer to dispose of your waste, has the correct licences to do so.

And to those people who are unscrupulous enough to try to transport and dispose of waste illegally then we won’t hesitate to take action against you.”

– Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for environment and sustainability

Leeds City council offers a bulky waste service. For more information visit www.leeds.gov.uk.