A couple from Goole have been ordered to pay more than £1,600 in fly-tipping charges.
Maria and Maruis Frunza piled 15 bags of rubbish next to a wheelie bin in an alleyway behind their home between Henry Street and Manuel Street. The rubbish was found last year on February 1 and investigated by street scene enforcement officers at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, who found evidence that the waste belonged to Mr and Mrs Frunza. The waste was cleared by the council at its expense. The case was escalated to court after the couple failed to respond to letters sent by the council.
On Friday, February 4, the couple had a court appearance at Hull Magistrates' Court which they also failed to attend, and were found guilty in their absence of disposing of waste illegally. They were fined £660 each, ordered to pay £178.88 costs each, and fined a £66 victim surcharge.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “Some people think they can dump anything next to wheelie bins and the council’s refuse collectors will take it away. “But this is a criminal offence and costs the council hundreds of thousands of pounds each year to clear up. “To be clear, we will investigate every incident of fly-tipping and always take action when we can.” Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice, or the case can be taken to court where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment. To report any suspicious activity to the council, call: 01482 393939 or go to: www.eastriding.gov.uk/fly-tipping.
The pile of 15 bags of waste found in the Goole alleyway on February 1 last year. (17-02-399 SU)