A woman from Hessle has been ordered to pay a £200 fixed penalty after she hired a man through Facebook to take away her waste - and it was later found dumped at the side of a road.
Three large cardboard boxes were found at the side of Southburn Road, Kirkburn, near Driffield, on 18 July this year by a member of the public, who reported the fly-tipping to East Riding of Yorkshire Council.
Investigations by a streetscene enforcement officer at the council traced the waste to an address in Hessle, and the resident admitted the waste was hers.
When questioned, the woman said she had advertised on Facebook selling sites for someone to take away her garden waste. A man answered her advert and she paid him £25 to remove the rubbish. The waste was found dumped the next day in Kirkburn.
The woman was ordered to pay a £200 fixed penalty for failing in her duty of care for not checking she was using a licensed waste collector.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents not to give their waste to any 'man with a van' - as they are risking having their rubbish fly-tipped and receiving a fine themselves.
When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are urged to check they are using a licensed waste carrier by following the council's SCRAP Code (SEE BELOW) which advises what simple checks they need to make.
Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: "The responsibility lies with the resident to make the necessary checks to ensure their waste will be disposed of correctly and legally.
"To help prevent fly-tipping, residents should use properly registered waste carriers, get a receipt and take the person's details."
Residents are asked to dispose of waste using their own household wheelie bins, or take it to their local household waste recycling site, use the council's own bulky waste collection service, or hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away.