Published May 19, 2015 3.44pm
A man was spotted dumping Christmas waste at an industrial estate regularly targeted by flytippers.
Carl Hirst, 30, was seen on CCTV dumping the waste at the Greenfields Industrial Estate in Catkin Way, Bishop Auckland, Darlington Magistrates' Court heard on Monday (18 May).
Police were called and reported the incident, which happened on December 28, 2014, to us.
Checks of the vehicle seen on camera revealed Hirst as the owner and he later admitted dumping the waste.
The court heard how the industrial estate where he dumped the waste has become an area regularly used for flytipping because of its quiet roads.
Hirst, of Egglestone Walk, St Helens Auckland, pleaded guilty to depositing household waste other than in accordance with an environmental permit.
He was fined £92 and ordered to pay £120 costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.
In mitigation, the court heard Hirst pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity. He also said he had not set out to make the illegal deposit but had been trying to get rid of excess Christmas waste.
In a separate case heard at Darlington Magistrates' Court on the same day (18 May) a man was hit in the pocket after being caught transporting rubbish without the correct licence.
Andrew Shaw was stopped by a county council neighbourhood warden in Bishop Auckland involved in a joint operation with local police on February 25, 2015, where he admitted he had neither the correct Environment Agency licence nor Durham County Council licence.
He said it was the first time he had done this kind of work and that the owner of the vehicle he was driving did have an Environment Agency licence.
Shaw, 48, of Snowdrop Way, Etherley Dene, admitted transporting controlled waste when not a registered carrier.
In his defence, the court was told how he pleaded guilty at the first opportunity and how it was his first offence after 22 years in full-time work.
He was fined £190 and ordered to pay £151.68 costs as well as a £20 victim surcharge.
The prosecutions were part of Operation Stop It, a countywide education, engagement and enforcement campaign aimed at deterring and preventing people from dumping waste, which can include large, bulky items such as sofas, washing machines and fridge-freezers.
The drive is the biggest crackdown on flytipping ever seen in the county and involves the council, Durham Constabulary, Crimestoppers and the Environment Agency.
Anyone who collects, transports or disposes of waste must be licensed with the Environment Agency - unlicensed waste carriers can be fined up to £5,000 as well as an additional fine of up to £50,000 if the waste is flytipped.
People are reminded that it may be illegal to pay a man with a van to collect items such as furniture if they do not have a licence. Always ask to see their waste carrier licence before handing over waste and cash.
Residents can take waste to their nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre (HWRC). Business waste is not permitted at HWRCs and must be disposed of legally using a licensed waste carrier or by signing up to a commercial waste collection service.
Flytipping can be reported by calling 03000 261 000 and unlicensed waste carriers can be reported to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
If flytipping is in a dangerous place or causing an obstruction to a highway please call police on 999.