A Grimsby man left court with a £640 bill after illegally dumping bags of rubbish at a bring to recycling site in the town.
CCTV cameras twice captured footage of 65-year-old Muslim Ugurlu when he drove to Garibaldi Street car park and dumped several bags of rubbish next to the recycling bins.
In the CCTV footage, Ugurlu drives up to the bins, takes several bags of rubbish from the back of his car and dumps them on the ground next to the recycling bins.
He was filmed fly-tipping bags of rubbish from his car boot on Friday 24 and Monday 27 May 2019. A passenger helps him during the first visit but he is alone on the second visit.
Environmental enforcement officers used Ugurlu’s car registration to trace him. They interviewed him on 17 January 2020 and served him with a £400 fixed penalty notice (FPN) on 24 February 2020.
He did not pay the FPN and as a result was taken to court.
Ugurlu, of Macaulay Street, Grimsby, pleaded guilty to two fly-tipping offences at Grimsby Magistrates’ Court on Friday 22 January.
He was fined £400 and ordered to pay £200 costs and a £40 victim surcharge.
The recycling banks in Garibaldi Street were removed last year as part of a review of the bring to sites.
Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for Safer and Stronger Communities, said:
“There’s no excuse for fly-tipping. Bags of rubbish like those dumped in the Garibaldi Street car park can be taken to the tip in Grimsby or Immingham and disposed of legally. Grimsby tip is just a short drive from the town centre and both tips are open daily.
“Fly-tipping is a crime and we investigate all incidents. Anyone who is caught risks a £400 fixed penalty notice, or more if the case goes to court.”
Between April and October last year, the Council spent £41,286 in disposal costs alone for fly-tipped waste. The total budget for street cleansing is about £1.5-million per year.
In 2020, officers gave a total of 67 fixed penalty notices (FPNs) with more cases due to be heard in court.
Of the 67, 53 people were fined £400 for fly-tipping and another 11 were fined £100 for littering offences
People who don’t check the credentials of waste carriers, can also be prosecuted if their waste is found fly-tipped. They could land themselves with a fine of £300 and possibly more if they are a business.
Cllr Shepherd added:
“Fly-tipping is a national problem and we can all help prevent it.
“Everyone has a legal obligation, or duty of care, to make sure our waste is disposed of correctly.
“Most people dispose of their waste responsibly, but a small minority don’t.
“The best way to stop organised fly tipping is to make sure that only authorised waste carriers take your waste away.
“The simplest way to check is to ask for their carrier licence number and visit the Environment Agency’s waste carrier register.”
Checking the register
Check the register by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 or visit https://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.
North East Lincolnshire Council has signed up to the SCRAP campaign, part of a nationwide crackdown against fly-tipping.
The campaign reminds people to check their waste is being taken away for disposal by a licensed carrier – either by asking to see a Waste Carriers Licence or by looking up the company on the Environment Agency website.
SCRAP stands for:
- Suspect ALL waste carriers
- Check with the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506 that the provider taking your waste away is licensed or check the register athttps://environment.data.gov.uk/public-register/view/search-waste-carriers-brokers.
- Refuse unexpected offers to have waste taken away
- Ask what will happen to your waste
- Paperwork should be obtained – get a full receipt