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Man heavily fined for using unlicensed waste carrier

09 June 2023

Residents are being reminded not to use unlicensed waste carriers after a man was given a heavy fine for hiring one who dumped his rubbish in a city street.

The council’s waste team actively works to tackle fly-tipping in Peterborough and will look to prosecute those who dump rubbish or use unlicensed waste disposers to get rid of waste which then gets fly-tipped and is traced back to them.

Mariusz Pukalski hired an unlicensed carrier to remove household waste which was then found dumped in bin bags in Dogsthorpe Road. Documentation found inside the bags led officers to Pukalski’s address.

Pukalski was arrested and admitted that had paid someone to clean his house and take waste away. He appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court earlier this week and was fined £400 and ordered to pay costs of £312 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Councillor Nigel Simons, Cabinet Member for Waste, Street Scene and the Environment, said: “We are fully committed to tackling fly-tipping which is a blight on our city and something we take extremely seriously. Whenever we obtain evidence of fly-tipping we will investigate and look to issue either a fine or secure a conviction in the courts.

“Every householder has a duty to take all reasonable measures to ensure that any household waste produced on your property is only transferred to an authorised person. If you hire an unlicensed trader to do this and any dumped waste if traced back to you, it will be you facing prosecution. There are several ways to get rid of waste legally, such as by visiting the Household Recycling Centre in Fengate or using a licensed waste company.”

You can find more advice and information about waste disposal here.

Fly-tipping can be reported either online at: https://report.peterborough.gov.uk/ or by calling 01733 747474.