Sofa dumped in play area

A sofa has been dumped in the Cornlands Road park play area. It is surrounded by rubbish. The issue has been reported to the Council but it is a shame that an area intended for use by younger children should be defaced in this way. Hopefully the Police will be able to increase patrols in the area.


Elsewhere at the recycling centre in the Acomb Car Park rubbish has been fly tipped. We’ve asked for the area to be cleaned up and for some of the recycling bins to be repainted.


Dumping blights back lanes in York

We were sorry to see that rubbish is piled in some terraced streets in the City. Nothing depresses an area more than fly tipping so the Councils robust level of fines are probably justified – albeit sparingly used.

In the Green Lane area yesterday we found two examples of dumping. The area now has 100% wheeled bin operation which has reduce litter drift. But, since the closure of the local recycling centre on Beckfield Lane 6 years ago, problems with dumping have increased. They are exacerbated by relatively high charges levied by the Council for removing bulky waste  

Regular visits by skips to estates were stopped about 2 years go. This decision has also impacted on how tidy our streets are

So something needs to change.

Recycling pont in Acomb Car park needs a “makeover”

Poor commercial storage arrangements at back of Front Street

Rubbish accumulating in Gladstone Street back lane

Rubbish in Howe Street back lane


New flytipping task force formed in York and North Yorkshire

A brand new fly tipping task force named Operation Eyeball has been formed to tackle fly tipping in rural parts of North Yorkshire and the City of York.

Bringing together North Yorkshire Police with landowners and district and unitary councils will allow the sharing of intelligence and information to tackle the crime. A key element will be planned and targeted enforcement action days.

North Yorkshire County Council, Network Rail, the NFU and the Environment Agency, as landowners, are also involved. Along with City of York Council, all seven North Yorkshire local authorities who have enforcement powers for this crime are also involved in the operation: Selby District Council, Ryedale District Council, Hambleton District Council, Harrogate District Council, Craven District Council, Scarborough Borough Council and Richmondshire District Council.

North Yorkshire Police will be gathering and sharing intelligence around fly tipping hot spots, suspect vehicles and waste carriers.

Supt Paula Booth, of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Fly-tipping is a selfish crime that blights local environments and spoils people’s enjoyment of our towns and countryside. It is a source of pollution, a potential danger to public health and a hazard to wildlife. It also undermines legitimate waste businesses who operate within the law.

“By working together, we can tackle this issue. We also need help from the public – if you find or witness fly-tipping, wherever it is, record as many details about the incident and the waste as you can, and report it to your local authority or via the website. This will help the authorities take action against those responsible and stop them fly-tipping in the future.”

Anyone who witnesses fly tipping should report it to their local authority.

Clampdown on rogue waste carriers proves it a ‘Crime not to Care’

The council’s drive to clamp down on fly-tipping continues as a waste carrier has been found guilty by York Magistrates of illegally dumping waste and has been ordered to pay £4,670.

On 10 July 2017, City of York Council received a report of fly tipping on Mill Lane, Askham Richard, York. Officers traced the waste to a York-based charity which provided an invoice showing that it had paid a licensed waste removal carrier, York Waste and Rubbish, owned by Michael Pipes, aged 40 of Sowerby Road, Acomb, York.

Mr Pipes attended an interview under caution, admitting he was paid to remove waste from York Mind but denied fly-tipping it. Although Mr Pipes is licensed to carry waste he was unable to give officers waste transfer information to prove that he took it to a licensed waste site.

Mr Pipes was asked to show diary entries for his jobs requested under Section 108 of the Environmental Act 1995, which again he couldn’t do for this job.

As part of his mitigation, the defendant wrote to the magistrates: “I apologise for any hurt, distress I’ve caused to anyone involved in this situation. This again, was not my intention.”

The magistrate told Mr Pipes: “Depositing waste is an extremely serious offence. It is unpleasant to look at and can be dangerous to the environment. It is not to be taken lightly. The fines involved are high for that reason.”

The fines totalled £3,500 with a surcharge of £170 and a costs award of £1,000, adding up to a total £4,670.

Councillor Andrew Waller, executive member for environment, said: “The vast majority of licensed waste carriers in York act within the law. This continued action by our enforcement officers to clamp down on unlicensed or rogue waste carriers supports our #CrimeNotToCare campaign to reduce fly-tipping.

“We continue to ask residents and businesses to use licensed carriers or, for waste they can’t take to our household waste recycling centres, arrange for the council to collect it via We’ll take up to ten items so please join together with neighbours.”

Richard McIlwain, deputy chief executive of the charity Keep Britain Tidy, said: “I applaud the actions of City of York Council and the magistrates in getting this case to court and making sure the fine fits the crime. It’s great to see the council putting our Crime not to Care campaign into action.”

It’s a #crime not to care, new campaign tells York residents

A new campaign to help curb fly-tipping is reminding residents and businesses that by law, their waste is their responsibility and must be disposed of safely and legally, otherwise they face a significant fine.

Launched with Richard McIlwain, deputy chief executive for Keep Britain Tidy, the #Crime Not to Care campaign aims to raise awareness and tackle unlicensed waste carriers responsible for a growth in fly-tipping.

All waste carriers must be licensed and only they should be used. Licensed carriers properly document the waste’s journey to its legal end, and so reduce the risk of fly-tipping.

In 2016/17 we dealt with 1,518 incidents of fly tipping at a cost of £65,087, after a year-on-year increase since 2012/13 when we dealt with 1,518 instances of fly-tipping which cost £53,295 to clear.

To ensure waste is legally disposed of, ask the carrier for their name and address. Check their license at or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. If they’re on the database, they can be used. If they’re not, please report them to so we can investigate. When the licensed carrier collects the waste, ask for a receipt with their name, address and vehicle registration number on it. The waste’s originator can be prosecuted if it is fly-tipped.

A waste carrier’s license is valid for three years, costs £154 and can be applied for at

The campaign is also reminding residents of other ways to safely dispose of waste which can’t be taken along with kerbside collections. These include arranging for collections of bulky item by the council by calling on 01904 551551. While there is a charge for this service, up to ten items can be taken, so it’s worth contacting a local residents’ association or neighbours to share the cost and the collection.

Waste can also be taken to Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) at Hazel Court or Towthorpe and booklets of free permits for larger vehicles to carry it can be ordered via Or, recycling banks around the city can be used – see or call 01904 551551 to find where they are located.

The campaign is also promoting recycling reusable household goods with charities including British Heart Foundation, St Leonard’s Hospice, York Community Furniture Store Ltd, Besom in York, many of which will collect for free.

£1,040 costs for jet wash fly tipper from west York

Dumping waste at two service stations’ jet washes has resulted in a van driver being ordered to pay £1,040 by York Magistrates.

On 9 February 2017, Nathan Lofthouse, (aged 28 of Askham Croft, York) used a hand-held jet wash at the Inner Space Station, Hull Road, York, to clean his trailer. Having spent over an hour there, he drove away leaving behind bagged and loose wood and rubble, which took the business over an hour to clear away.

On 12 February 2017, Nathan Lofthouse visited the Co-op Texaco service station, Boroughbridge Road, York in a white Ford Luton van, to use their jet wash because of a spillage of paint in the back. He was seen on CCTV removing tins of paint, buckets and a metal box and put them by the jet wash. Mr Lofthouse spent two hours at the jet wash, during which time he was asked twice to make sure he removed the waste. Upon leaving, Mr Lofthouse left the waste behind.

Mr Lofthouse was interviewed about the two fly tipping offences by council officers in April 2017. He admitted both, claiming he had left the waste at the Inner Space Station by accident, whilst he said his visit to the Co-op Texaco garage was an emergency as he had been distracted by the paint spillage.

Mr Lofthouse was asked to pay a fixed penalty notice however after several reminders, they remained unpaid.

On Tuesday 2 January 2018, Mr Lofthouse attended York Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to both offences. He was sentenced to a total fine of £410 for both offences, costs of £600 and a court surcharge of £30.

In court, Mr Lofthouse claimed that both offences were an oversight by him, that he went back after a few days, and that as everything had been cleared away he’d lost money as some items were valuable.

Cllr Andrew Waller, interim deputy leader and executive member for the environment, said: “Dumping waste on a business’s property for them to bear the cost of cleaning up is unacceptable. That some of the materials were contaminants makes it worse.

“For information on commercial waste go to or the Environment Agency at To report fly-tipping or illegal waste disposal please contact .”

100 hours community service for theft and unlicensed scrap dealing

As part of the council’s drive to prevent fly-tipping by ensuring waste carriers are licensed, on Tuesday (21 November) a scrap metal dealer was prosecuted for stealing two items from a house and for being unlicensed.

In May 2017, a council officer witnessed Christopher Smith, aged 48 of James Street, York, enter a garden, take a vacuum cleaner and a steam cleaner and put them into the back of the van he was driving. When challenged, he claimed it was his aunt’s home and became abusive. On checking it was found that his aunt did not live there.

In July 2017, Mr Smith was stopped by neighbourhood enforcement officers as he was using a vehicle loaded with scrap metal. The van had no scrap metal dealers licence on display and Mr Smith refused to answer questions at the time. Further investigation found that his licence with City of York Council had expired in March 2017 and he had failed to respond to reminders from the council’s licensing team.

Mr Smith failed to attend interview or respond to questions under caution about the offence of carrying waste without a scrap metal dealers licence or a waste carrier licence, both of which are legal requirements.

At York Magistrates Court on Tuesday 21 November 2017, Mr Smith pleaded guilty to one offence of theft, one offences of transporting controlled waste without a waste carrier licence, operating as an unlicensed scrap metal dealer, failing to provide information about business waste being carried and disposed of.

Mitigation offered to the court included a claim that the theft was opportunistic. Further mitigation offered was that at the time, Mr Smith was showing the ropes of the family business to his son to whom he was handing it over, and that it would be his son who would apply for a dealers licence in the future. Mr Smith claimed too that he was illiterate so could not keep records or read enforcement letters. He is now working for a delivery company.


Waste dealer faces prison for flytipping in Thoresby Road area in York

A waste dealer who claimed to be properly licenced was yesterday (8th November) found guilty of 19 charges of illegal collection and waste disposal, including dumping asbestos.

He awaits sentencing on 21 December 2017 when he faces being sent to prison.

In February and March 2017, 13 incidents of fly tipping were found on verges, alleys, in a playing field and on a private drive, in the Thoresby Road area. The waste was from bathroom refits by a plumbing firm, which had employed who they believed was a licenced scrap and waste collector.

The firm paid Mr Pipes in cash to remove the waste which included old toilets and baths, tiles and timber. In a rubble bag, a receipt was found by an estate worker, who reported the tips to the council’s neighbourhood enforcement team. They traced the waste back to the plumbing firm, and Mr Pipes failed to provide proper paperwork, evidence of a waste carrier’s licence or a scrap metal dealer’s licence.

In March and April 2017 Mr Pipes and his van were seen four times – and were photographed – disposing of large amounts of waste in a litter bin at Beech Grove, Acomb.

Mr Pipes entered a guilty plea of fly tipping around York, carrying waste and scrap without the relevant licences and failing to produce proper paperwork for the disposal of waste.

The movement of waste is regulated to ensure that it does not cause pollution and is treated safely at every stage. All businesses which produce waste must keep paperwork to prove how they dispose of waste and council officers will investigate carrying and disposal.

Cllr Andrew Waller, executive member for the environment, said: “The punishment imposed by York Crown Court reflects the severity of these offences. Fly-tipping is unsightly, anti-social, can pollute the land it’s dumped on and creates considerable cost for City of York Council to clear. Anyone with a business which buys or sells scrap metal must register as a dealer with every local authority where they wish to operate, and in addition, anyone carrying waste must register with the Environment Agency.

“While they are responsible for safe disposal, people who hire them must also check the carriers are properly licensed or they themselves could risk a criminal record.”

For information on commercial waste and residents’ responsibilities go to or visit the Environment Agency at To report fly-tipping, illegal waste disposal or concerns about waste dealer’s licencing, please contact .