Fly-tipper handed fine and community work

A man who dumped building and household waste on three occasions in Peterborough has been handed a heavy fine and community work.

Leon Wheeler, of Linnet, Orton Wistow, Peterborough, dumped items that he had collected from properties after offering a waste disposal service on a social media website.

However, Wheeler was not licensed to dispose of waste and was charged after council officers traced the dumped items back to him. 

Wheeler appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court recently and pleaded guilty to three charges of fly-tipping.

During April 2018, Wheeler dumped waste in Woodcroft Road, Peterborough, Station Road in Ailsworth and Potters Way in Peterborough.

He was sentenced to a Community Order for 12 months including 150 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to pay compensation of £212.53 for the clear-up costs, an order to pay a contribution towards the council's costs for £400 and a victim surcharge of £80.

Councillor Marco Cereste, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for waste, said: “We would like to remind residents who need to dispose of waste to either do so through the council’s bulky waste collection service, or if not, make sure they only hire individuals/company(s) who have a waste disposal licence.

“In this instance, our officers were able to trace the dumped waste back to the offender. However, if you have paid an unlicensed business to collect waste and the waste gets dumped and traced back to you, then the law states that the waste is your responsibility and you can be prosecuted ending up with a heavy fine.”

Residents are recommend to note the following advice when hiring individuals/company(s) to dispose of waste:

  • Ask to see their waste carriers licence - you can check to see if they are registered waste carriers by searching the Environment Agency’s public register of waste carriers online or by phoning them on 03708 506 506.

  • Record the registration number of any vehicle used to transport your waste.

  • Always ask for a proper invoice or receipt.

  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions - always ask exactly what is going to happen to your waste and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of correctly.

If you suspect that someone collecting waste is suspicious you can report this to the council by calling 01733 747474.

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