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 https://www.york.gov.uk/BulkyWaste. 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.”