A Yorkshireman who advertises ‘man with a van’ services on social media has been ordered to pay more than £1,700 for illegally dumping waste on a country lane.
Christopher Brennan of Eastwood Drive, Swarcliffe, Leeds, was fined £692 for illegally depositing waste for profit and carrying waste illegally.
He was also ordered to pay a £69 victim surcharge and £975 costs after pleading guilty at a hearing at Leeds magistrates on 17 February.
Following an investigation by Leeds City Council environmental enforcement officers, Brennan was found to be responsible for a large amount of fly-tipped waste on a narrow country lane in Shadwell.
The waste, which was blocking access along the road, consisted of household items including bin bags, plastic tubs, a pushchair, play pen and cushions.
The waste was traced back to its original owners who were able to provide proof that they had paid Brennan to collect and dispose of it.
Brennan advertises his services on Facebook as a ‘man with a van’, listing house clearance, full house removals, garage clearance, skip runs, pick-ups and collection of large items, painting and decorating, handyman services, gardening and ’anything considered’.
But it was revealed that Brennan does not hold a waste carriers’ licence, which is a legal requirement.
As part of his defence, Brennan told the court that he did try to dispose of the waste at the council’s household waste site but was turned away because he did not have a resident’s permit.
The council site at Seacroft does accept commercial waste but charges a disposal fee.
Lucinda Yeadon, executive member for environment and sustainability, said: “We are urging people to make sure they check that people who offer to dispose of their waste has the correct licences to do so.
“And to those people who are unscrupulous enough to try to transport and dispose of waste illegally, then we won’t hesitate to take action against you.”