Waste firm taken to court for fly-tipping

A COMPANY has been taken to court after being caught on camera dumping waste in a North Tyneside street.

Jamie Harker, of JH Environmental Services was paid £70 by a letting agent to remove a large amount of controlled waste, including building materials and bulky waste, from the back yard of a house in Warwick Street, Newcastle.

Rather than dispose of it correctly, however, he dumped half at a household waste site intended only to take ordinary domestic waste and the remainder in Carville Road in Wallsend.

He was caught on CCTV dumping the waste in the street, and that footage led to him facing charges of fly-tipping at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

The 24-year-old was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs.

Harker, of Eastbourne Avenue in Walker, Newcastle, pleaded guilty to two charges of fly-tipping.

He was taken to court by North Tyneside Council.

Phil Scott, head of environmental services at the council, said: “Our priority is to ensure North Tyneside is a clean and green place to live, work and visit.

“It is disappointing that some people – and particularly a business supposed to specialise in this area – show no consideration for the environment.

“This man thought it was acceptable to dump commercial waste on the streets of Wallsend .

“That is totally unacceptable, as not only is it unsightly for local residents but it is local taxpayers who ultimately have to foot the bill.”