Businesses in Hull are being warned of heavy fines for fly-tipping.
A business in Hull has been forced to pay a £400 fine for fly-tipping waste in Bergen Way, Hull.
It comes after the local authority has seen an increase in fly-tipping, despite council and private commercial waste services operating as normal throughout the pandemic.
By law, businesses have a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally, usually via a commercial waste collection service.
Businesses are also being warned against using unregistered waste collectors who are easily accessible through the likes of Facebook and other social media platforms.
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for Streetscene at Hull City Council, said: “We would encourage residents to always check with the Environment Agency who is disposing of their waste as failure to do so could result in it becoming fly-tipped elsewhere in Hull, and you will be held liable to a penalty or prosecution and the costs of cleaning up the wastes.
“Not only is fly-tipping removal costly, but it also uses resources which could be supporting other essential services through these unprecedented times.”
Visit the Environment Agency website or call 03708 506 506 before paying someone to collect your waste, or if you are a business requiring a waste and recycling collection, please email [email protected] or visit the Hull City Council website.
The maximum penalty for fly-tipping is a £400 fixed penalty, or a prosecution which if convicted can result in an unlimited fine, recovery of clean-up costs and being publicly named by the local authority.
Just last week, the council released CCTV footage of people caught fly-tipping in Hull.
Councillor Anita Harrison, added: “If you recognise any of these residents, get in touch with us so we can tackle this anti-social behaviour and prosecute these offenders.”