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A man from Goole has been fined for dumping a sofa and six black bags of waste at the side of a road in the town.

Arturs Arbidans of Morley Street, Old Goole, pleaded guilty to illegally dumping waste when he appeared at Hull Magistrates’ Court on Friday 12 August.

Arbidans was fined £300 and ordered to pay costs of £561.96 and a victim surcharge of £34.

The court heard a streetscene enforcement officer from East Riding of Yorkshire Council was called to fly-tipping on the Field House access road, in Old Goole, on 8 November last year.

The dumped waste included a sofa and six black bin bags full of rubbish.

Evidence recovered at the scene related to Arbidans, but he did not respond to letters from the council and failed to attend court on two previous occasions for this case.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally by using their household bins or by taking rubbish to their local household waste recycling site.

For larger loads they can also hire a licensed waste carrier to take the rubbish away, or they can use the council’s own bulky waste collection service.

Carl Skelton, acting director of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We want people to use their wheelie bins at home, but for larger items they can use household waste recycling sites, or hire registered waste carriers.

“We need the public’s help to prevent fly-tipping from happening. In the meantime, we will investigate incidents and always take action when we can.”

Anyone caught fly-tipping could be ordered to pay a £400 fixed penalty notice or the case can be taken to court, where they face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

When hiring anyone to take away rubbish, residents are urged to always follow the council’s SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make.

To operate legally any firm that removes waste needs to be registered with the Environment Agency as a licensed waste carrier.

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