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Woman who paid £5 to get rid of rubbish must now pay £680

The waste dumped at the side of the road in Walkington Heads

A Hull woman has been ordered to pay £680.79 after rubbish belonging to her was found fly-tipped in Walkington. Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, nappies and other household waste was found dumped at the side of the road in Walkington Heads in January this year.

Kayleigh Cowper, of Enstone Garth, Hull, pleaded guilty to failing in her duty of care by not checking she was using an authorised waste carrier when she appeared before Beverley Magistrates’ Court. She was fined £80 and ordered to pay £570.79 costs and a £30 victim surcharge. 

The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council investigated reports of fly-tipping in Walkington Heads and the waste was traced back to Kayleigh Cowper, who admitted it was hers.

The court was told a ‘man with a van’ had charged Miss Cowper £5 to clean her wheelie bin and had offered to take away her rubbish at no extra cost. She admitted she did not check if the man had a waste carriers licence, did not get a receipt and did not take his details. 

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to warn residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally. Residents could face an unlimited fine if any fly-tipped waste can be traced back to where it came from. Also anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice and, if unpaid, the issue will be taken to court, where they could face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

To operate legally any firm that removes waste has to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.