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A man from Goole has been fined £300 after he was caught on CCTV dumping a mattress in a town alleyway.

The man is the latest to receive a fixed penalty notice from East Riding of Yorkshire Council following a crackdown on fly-tipping in Goole’s back streets.

A number of mattresses were found abandoned in the alleys behind Weatherill Street and Jackson Street on 8 August this year.

The fly-tipping was investigated by a streetscene enforcement officer from the council, who discovered CCTV footage from a local business showing a man carrying a mattress to the rear of Jackson Street and leaving it there.

A man from Goole was interviewed and he admitted leaving the mattress on the street between Jackson Street and Weatherill Street, but he said he was moving it away from private land, from an alley behind his own home, after it had been dumped there by someone else.

The man was given a £300 fixed penalty for the fly-tipping offence.

East Riding of Yorkshire Council continues to remind residents they are responsible for disposing of their own waste properly and legally – either by using their household bins, taking it to their local household waste recycling site or using the council’s bulky waste service.

Paul Tripp, head of streetscene services at East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “To help prevent fly-tipping, residents have a responsibility to make sure they dispose of their waste correctly and legally.”

To prevent themselves becoming the victims of fly-tipping, residents are encouraged to use the council’s SCRAP Code which advises what checks they need to make when hiring someone to take away rubbish to make sure they are genuine.


Residents are urged to follow the council’s SCRAP Code and make the following checks when hiring anyone to take away their rubbish:

  • Suspect – Beware of rogue waste carriers. Reputable companies do not usually make direct approaches. If in any doubt as to whether someone is a legitimate waste carrier, do not allow them to take your waste.
  • Check – Ask to see their waste carrier registration details and verify them by checking the online register at environment-agency.gov.uk/publicregister or by calling the Environment Agency on 03708 506 506. Note down the registration number of the vehicle used to take your waste away.
  • Refuse – Refuse unsolicited offers to have any rubbish taken away. Always carry out your own research and choose who you wish to approach.
  • Ask – Always ask what exactly is going to happen to your rubbish and seek evidence that it is going to be disposed of appropriately. A legitimate, professional waste carrier who wants your business should not object to being asked reasonable questions.
  • Paperwork – Make sure you get a proper receipt containing the written information for your waste. This should include what has been removed and where it will be going. Make sure the firm’s or trades person’s details are included.

(Photos of mattresses dumped in Goole’s back alleys previously. These photos are general photos and do not specifically relate to this case).

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