Residents warned over illegal waste dumping

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RESIDENTS in Barnsley are being urged to check who they are paying to get rid of their waste - after two people ended up at court.

Barnsley Council prosecuted Philip Stubbs, of Blackburn Street, Worsbrough, after waste traced to his house was found dumped on Blacker Lane, Worsbrough.

The 41-year-old, who admitted an offence under the Environmental Protection Act, told magistrates he gave his waste to a man he knew from the pub who drove a truck.

But the waste was found dumped on the roadside.

Stubbs admitted he had not made any checks to ensure the man was licensed to dispose of waste properly.

The fly-tipper could not be traced, so Stubbs was fined a total of £363.63.

Deborah Cole, aged 39, of Dove Hill, Royston, admitted two offences under the same legislation after members of the public reported household waste dumped behind shops at Midland Road, Royston.

When the waste was examined, Cole was identified.

She admitted it was hers and said she had asked a family member to take it away. She was fined a total of £569.

Coun Roy Miller said: “It is a criminal offence to give your waste to someone without making reasonable checks to ensure they are authorised to take it away.”