Man left £700 worse off after his rubbish found in flytip
A County Durham man has been ordered to pay more than £700 for failing to take steps which could have prevented a flytip that contained his rubbish.
In January this year, a report of a large fly tip near allotments at George Pit Lane in Great Lumley, Chester-le-Street, was made to one of our neighbourhood wardens.
Among the waste was evidence of letters and packaging with names and addresses, which the neighbourhood warden used to carry out checks.
One person whose waste was found stated that, in December 2020, they had contacted Justin Burdon, of Henley Avenue in Chester-le-Street, and asked him to remove some rubbish from their property.
Having a valid waste carrier's license and a van, Burdon agreed and collected the waste that same day.
Waste carrier license
Burdon, 22, said he had sold his van before the incident occurred, but confirmed there was a small amount of waste in the van when it was sold. This waste became part of the larger flytip in Great Lumley.
Burdon assumed that the person buying the van had a waste carrier licence and that they would dispose of it legitimately
He added that he was unaware of the flytip and had no need to dispose of waste illegally due to having his own waste carrier license.
Burdon had waste transfer notes for previous waste he had disposed of at our depots but failed to ensure he had transfer notes for the waste in the van when it was sold.
He also failed to ensure that the waste was transferred to an authorised person with a valid license.
Burdon appeared at Peterlee Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to failing to take all reasonable measures to prevent a flytip by another person.
He was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £700 costs and a victim surcharge of £22.
Ian Hoult, our neighbourhood protection manager, said: "We share the same aim as our communities in keeping our beautiful county clean and tidy, so that it can be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. That's why we take incidents of flytipping seriously and will investigate and take action against those involved.
"It is vital that people take all the measures they can to ensure that their waste is disposed of correctly. This includes taking waste to the correct sites, having the appropriate license permits, and ensuring those who are disposing of waste for you have the authorisation to do so."