Philip Marshall decided to clear up his girlfriend’s new home while she was away as a surprise.
But he used her car without her knowing, and without a driving licence, and left the rubbish on a pavement in Eccles, Greater Manchester.
He was caught in the act on a business’s CCTV camera.
Council officials traced the car and went to his girlfriend’s address, at which point Mr Marshall confessed he had been driving that day.
Marshall, 46, of Worsley Road, Eccles, pleaded guilty at Manchester Magistrates’ Court to illegally dumping waste on land at Eliza Ann Street.
He was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £386 and a £20 victim surcharge.
The court also banned him from the wheel for six months for driving without a licence or insurance.
The court heard that the pair are no longer together.