Posted on Friday 22 September 2017
Above: the waste tipped by Jackson on a verge in Blaydon
A Durham man has received a suspended prison sentence after an investigation by Gateshead Council following the discovery of a fly-tip in Blaydon.
John Jackson, 59, of Ennerdale Drive, Crook, County Durham was also instructed to carry out 75 hours of unpaid work and ordered to pay £865 costs after being found guilty of fly tipping and two other waste related offences.
In December last year, officers from Gateshead Council’s Enforcement Team investigated a large pile of waste which had been dumped on a grass verge in Dunne Road, Blaydon. The waste was eventually traced to a Blaydon joinery business that had paid John Jackson to collect their commercial waste.
Mr. Jackson was interviewed by enforcement officers under caution and admitted to fly tipping the Blaydon business’ waste.
During the investigation, officers discovered that Mr Jackson did not hold a licence to carry waste and had not complied with his legal duty to complete written records for the waste which he collected. It also came to light that Mr Jackson had been banned from a number of council Household Waste and Recycling Centres because it was believed he was dishonestly disposing of commercial waste.
At South Tyneside Magistrates Court, Jackson was sentenced to an eight week prison sentence suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to complete 75 hours of unpaid work and to pay £865 in costs.
Anneliese Hutchinson, service director for Development, Transport and Public Protection, says:
“Unlicensed waste carriers are a scourge not only because of their illegal activities but because they undermine genuine waste collection services.
“It is reassuring to see the magistrates taking such a firm view on this deeply anti-social and illegal activity.
“However, it is important to stress that all businesses have a legal duty to ensure that their waste is transferred only to an authorised person or place, and they must obtain and keep written records which meet the requirements of their duty of care.
“We’d like to thank the public for their assistance in reporting this case of fly-tipping to us. Without the public’s help it would be much more difficult to bring cases such as this to court. If you see any fly-tipping, you can report it online 24 hours a day at www.gateshead.gov.uk/flytipping.”