Hefty fine for unlicensed waste carrier

A Barnsley resident has been ordered to pay a total of £3,718 for waste crime offences, after failing to attend a court case at Barnsley Magistrates Court on Monday 10 February.

John Weinrich-Cooke, 43, of Station Road in Barnsley was charged with four offences committed between June 2019 and September 2019. Mr Weinrich-Cooke was found guilty of failing to register as a waste carrier, along with three counts of failing to comply with a Community Protection Notice. This notice required that he store waste relating to his business according to the Environmental Protection Act 1990, and that he stop parking vehicles containing waste on the highway or land open to the public when not collecting waste.

Mr Weinrich-Cooke was fined £2,000, and ordered to pay £1,537 in costs along with a £181 victim surcharge.

Cllr Jenny Platts, spokesperson for Adults and Communities, said: "We're committed to tackling environmental crime in our borough, and our enforcement team are doing great work to bring illegal waste carriers and fly-tippers to justice."

"As part of #EverybodyThink, we're cracking down on those who carry controlled waste illegally. You can help us to protect our beautiful borough by making sure you only hand over your waste to someone with a valid waste carrier license. If you pay for someone to take your waste, and they're unauthorised to do so, then you can both face prosecution."

People can find out more about the work Barnsley Council is doing to tackle environmental crime by following the Dumpit & Scarper Facebook page at Facebook.com/DumpitandScarper, or by searching the hashtag #EverybodyThink on social media.

Information about suspected fly-tippers can be sent to the council using the email safer@barnsley.gov.uk. Unlicensed waste carriers can be reported at barnsley.gov.uk/waste-carriers-licences.

This news is linked to Town Spirit, our new way of working better together. We believe that if everyone in Barnsley does just one thing, we can make our borough a more welcoming place to live, work, invest and visit.

We're committed to #ProtectIt by looking after our beautiful borough, making it easier for you to dispose of large items. #OwnIt by making some small changes, such as recycling, reporting litter, and fly-tipping to keep Barnsley clean and green.

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