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