Odd-job man from Manchester fined for fly-tipping
A Manchester man has been prosecuted by Kirklees Council for dumping waste in a popular Kirklees beauty spot.
Bilal Ata Alfroh, 21, of Denison Street, Manchester pleaded guilty to one case of fly-tipping and one case of loss of control of commercial waste at Kirklees Magistrates Court on 12 July 2021.
On 24 April 2020, a witness spotted a man in a white van throw a duvet into a gully off Wessenden Head Road in Meltham. The witness was able to take down the van’s number plate along with a description of the individual, and reported the incident to the council. Using the information provided, officers were able to track the vehicle down to Alfroh.
A month later, council investigators were called to the A635 Greenfield Road near Saddleworth Moor, usually a popular beauty spot for walkers, to investigate a large fly tip.
Amongst the rubbish investigators found several items linking the waste to Leo’s Fish Bar, a takeaway in Manchester city centre. When interviewed, the owner of the fish bar explained the shop’s basement had recently been cleared out. After seeing Alfroh’s social media advert as an odd job and removal man, the owner had paid him £700 to remove the waste.
At his hearing, Alfroh admitted to collecting the waste, but claimed an unnamed colleague then dumped it at the remote location without his knowledge.
How much was he fined?
He was fined £800 plus a victim surcharge of £40 and ordered to pay £1,400 for waste clearance and legal costs.
Councillor Naheed Mather, Cabinet Member for Environment said,
“I’d like to thank the people reporting these fly-tipping events to us and helping with our successful investigation and would encourage others who may witnesses a fly-tipper to do the same. Any information you can give us; a description of the person or vehicle, the time and location of the event, will all help us to take action.
Everyone has a duty of care to ensure their waste is disposed of legally. Sadly, as seen in this case, rogue traders can use social media as a way of advertising waste services – usually at a cheaper price – to get people to part with their cash. People then later discover their rubbish has been fly-tipped.
Responsible waste carriers will be registered and operate in line with a set of rules that protect the environment and the customers that hire them. It’s quick and easy to check if someone is a registered waste carrier with the Environment Agency.“