TWO South Shields men ended up in court for fly-tipping rubbish.
James Young, 52, of Marlborough Street, appeared before South Tyneside Magistrates Court where he admitted a fly-tipping offence under section 33 of the Environment Protection Act 1990.
Magistrates were told he abandoned about 20 bags of rubbish at the side of the road near The Lakeside pub in Jarrow.
Investigators from South Tyneside Council’s environmental services team, officers traced the waste back to Young’s home.
The court heard Young visited South Tyneside’s Recycling Village one evening in February 2014, but on finding it was closed, dumped the waste because the hire van he was using had to be returned early the next day.
Mr Young was fined £183 and ordered to pay an additional £238 in compensation, costs and a victim surcharge.
Daniel Daymond, 24, of Winskell Road, South Shields, also appeared in court in relation to a substantial amount of abandoned waste reported at Cleadon Hills last August.
The waste mainly consisted of garden waste, an old dustbin, plastic tubing and general junk.
It was traced to Daymond after investigating officers found an old catalogue featuring his home address.
The court heard that Daymond had recently had waste removed by an acquaintance, but failed to check whether the collector was a registered waste carrier and did not receive a receipt or waste transfer note – a breach of Section 34 of the Environment Protection Act 1990.
Daymond was given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay a total of £215 in compensation, costs and a victim surcharge.
* To report fly-tipping, or other environmental problems, call the council’s customer contact centre on (0191) 427 7000 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org