A man who repeatedly dumped household and business waste in Liverpool has been given a four month suspended jail sentence and ordered to carry out 240 hours of community service.
34 year old Ben Dwyer from the Liverpool area pleaded guilty at Liverpool Magistrates Court today to six counts of flytipping. As well as being given a 16 week sentence suspended for 18 months, he was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs and a £115 surcharge.
He was caught following surveillance by environmental services staff from Liverpool City Council at Liver Industrial Estate on Long Lane in L9 last summer.
The items included sofas, a cooker, a fridge, corrugated plastic sheeting, wood and metal.
He advertised himself as a ‘man and van’ service on Facebook, but didn’t have a waste licence and instead dumped his rubbish on the streets.
Director of Community Services, Ron Odunaiya, said: “We very much welcome this sentence which sends out a strong message that flytipping will not be tolerated.
“Flytippers are criminals and profit from illegally dumping waste in our city. They cost the public purse because the council has to clean it up. We thoroughly investigate all reports we receive of fly tipping activity and use surveillance to gain evidence.
“If someone is offering you a cheap deal to take away your rubbish it is probably going to be dumped illegally – and we can come after you as well. So make sure that it is somebody who is properly licensed as a waste carrier and will responsibly dispose of whatever you give them. Get them to give you a receipt which has a note of the time, date and registration number of their vehicle.
“Liverpool City Council has excellent facilities for residents to dispose of most unwanted household items for free using their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre or by using the Bulky Bobs service.”
Inspector Phil Cowin from Merseyside Police said: “Merseyside Police and Liverpool City Council work together with our partners to take positive action against criminals and their associates involved in illegal activities.
“Ben Dwyer wrongly assumed he could fly tip with impunity and was caught six times visiting Liver Industrial Estate dumping waste.
“His activities had a severe detrimental effect for residents, stakeholders and other users of the area.
“The prosecution sends a clear message to anyone who thinks that fly tipping is easy money, when we catch you we will always prosecute.”
Fly-tipping is estimated to cost Liverpool City Council more than £1 million a year. The number of mobile teams tackling the issue has been doubled from two to four, with more emphasis on finding and fining those responsible, particularly builders and businesses illegally dumping trade waste.
Anybody who has information about fly-tippers can contact Liverpool City Council’s Street Scene Team anonymously on 0151 233 3001.
Details of Merseyside’s 14 waste recycling centres can be found here