A Beeford resident has appeared before Bridlington Magistrates for an offence relating to the transfer of household waste.
Katie McNulty, of Main Street, Beeford, pleaded guilty to failing to take reasonable measures to secure that a transfer of her household waste was only to an authorised person, an offence contrary to Section 34 (2A) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990.
Since 2005 all householders have a duty of care by law to check that anyone to whom they give their waste, other than the council, is a licensed waste carrier registered with the Environment Agency. Failure to check could leave householders open to prosecution and a possible maximum fine of £5,000.
McNulty had arranged for a passing ‘scrap man’ to take her waste, which was subsequently found illegally disposed of in a layby on the A165, south of Skirlaugh. In addition to failing to enquire whether this man was a licensed waste carrier she had failed to obtain the man’s name or vehicle registration number, which would have assisted officers in trying to trace him concerning the illegal dumping of the waste.
McNulty received a six-month conditional discharge and was ordered to pay costs of £479.50. She was also ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15.