Warning to check waste carriers are registered as Barnstaple takeaway manager is one of two offenders taken to court by North Devon Council for dumping waste

Commercial fridges dumped near Chittlehampton have cost a Barnstaple takeaway manager £770.

It was one of two separate cases for fly-tipping brought to North Devon Magistrates Court by North Devon Council, with defendants ordered to pay more than £1,600 in fines and costs.

In the first, a takeaway manager pleaded guilty to one offence of fly-tipping two commercial refrigeration units in Stowford near Chittlehampton.

He received a fine of £200 and was ordered to pay the council’s costs of £570. The court heard he had used a third party to dispose of his old fridges, paying £200 for them to be taken away.

But he failed to check if they were a registered waste carrier and the refrigeration units were dumped.

In the second, John Fownes from Dulverton pleaded guilty to two charges of fly-tipping car parts on Exmoor.

He was convicted under section 33 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990, received a fine of £153 and was ordered to pay council costs of £732.

Fownes stated that he paid a third party £50 to remove the items, but failed to check that they were a registered waste carrier.

Ricky McCormack, head of operational services at the council, said: “This is a stark reminder to that if you’re having building work done, or are getting rid of any waste items, you must check that the person you pay to take it away is a registered waste carrier. “You must ask to see their permit, ensure you get a receipt and any other details, including a name, address and vehicle registration.

“Unfortunately, unscrupulous characters can come across as very helpful and plausible and will fly-tip waste anywhere they can, leaving the unsuspecting customer to face a court appearance and to pay potential fines.”

If you suspect that a waste carrier is bogus or if they refuse to issue you with a receipt for carrying waste, contact North Devon Council on 01271 388870.

To report a littering, fly-tipping or other environmental offence, contact customerservices@northdevon.gov.uk. You can also report incidents on the council’s website at www.northdevon.gov.uk/flytipping.