A rogue waste collector has been ordered to pay more than £600, after being found guilty of fly-tipping in Northenden.
William O’Donnell admitted fly-tipping at Manchester Magistrates Court on 1 February and was fined £140, plus £450 costs and a victim surcharge of £30 – a total penalty of £620.
The case was one of two recent prosecutions which saw vigilant residents help Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes team secure convictions for the illegal dumping of waste.
In January 2017, council officers responded to reports of fly-tipping on Willenhall Road, Northenden and found that a large fridge, filled with more than ten black bin bags of general waste and with a carpet placed on top, had been dumped in the road.
Evidence of the source of the waste was discovered and the case was referred to Manchester City Council’s Environmental Crimes Team for further investigation.
A south Manchester resident was interviewed and told investigators that they had paid £70 to a ‘Man with a Van’ to dispose of their waste. The resident provided the registration of the vehicle used to take the waste away and a witness statement.
In May 2017, the owner of the vehicle, William O’Donnell, of Stockport Road, Cheadle, was traced. O’Donnell, 64, accepted that he had knowingly permitted his van to be used to collect the fridge and domestic waste from a south Manchester property by an associate, despite knowing that the individual did not have a licence to transport and dispose of waste. O’Donnell also admitted he knew the vehicle had been used for this purpose for a sustained period.
The case acts as a reminder that residents should take care that their waste is responsibly and legally disposed of. All businesses who transport, buy, sell or dispose of waste must hold a waste carrier licence and will be registered on the Environment Agency website.
In a separate prosecution, Ms Rahimo Mahamud, 50, of Kippax Street, Moss Side was taken to court for dumping a number of bags of general waste into an alley behind her property.
The crime was witnessed by a member of the public who reported the incident to the council and provided photographic evidence.
The Environmental Crimes Team carried out an investigation into the incident, but Mahamud failed to respond to two opportunities to attend interviews to explain her actions.
Mahamud pleaded guilty to the fly-tipping offence at a hearing at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on 25 January 2018. She was fined £560, ordered to pay costs of £270 and a victim surcharge of £30 – a total of £741.
The Environmental Crimes team was established in 2016 to strengthen Manchester’s fly-tipping enforcement operation – gathering the evidence needed to identify offenders and take them to court.
Councillor Nigel Murphy, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, said: “These cases show that by working together, we can catch and punish unscrupulous fly-tippers. It causes real and justifiable anger in our communities when waste is illegally dumped and so we welcome any information from our residents that helps us to track down those responsible.
“Our dedicated team will investigate all reported fly-tipping incidents and will not hesitate to prosecute those found to be acting illegally.”
Manchester residents wishing to report a fly-tipping incident, or who have information which could help to catch a fly-tipper, should visit www.manchester.gov.uk/flytipping