Man who offered waste collection service via Facebook is fined for dumping rubbish

Flytipping in Biddenham.

Flytipping in Biddenham.

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A man who dumped a sofa, carpet, pushchair and other rubbish has been ordered to pay fines and costs totalling £1,516.

Neil Faulkener, who was offering waste collection services via a Facebook page, was investigated by Bedford Borough Council’s environmental enforcement officers after the dumped items were discovered in Bromham Road, Biddenham, in March last year.

When interviewed the 36 year old, of Southill Road, Cardington, admitted the offence and at Bedford Magistrates Court on August 26 pleaded guilty to flytipping.

He was fined £400, ordered to pay costs of £1,076 and a £40 victim surcharge.

Speaking after the case, Councillor Charles Royden, who oversees environment and transport, said: “Dumping waste costs time and taxpayers’ money which could be better spent on providing essential services elsewhere across the Borough. Mr Faulkner was wrong to trick residents into paying him for services he was not authorised to provide and then pollute our borough by dumping items by the road.

“All cases of illegal dumping will be investigated and action taken against those who continue to ruin our green spaces by Bedford Borough Council. If people are confused about how to dispose of their waste, we urge them to please get in touch; we are always happy to try and find a solution.”

For help and advice on how to best dispose of items contact Bedford Borough Council on 01234 267 422, visit www.bedford.gov.uk or email callcentre@bedford.gov.uk

Did you know?

>For a small charge Bedford Borough Council will collect up to five bulky items from your home.

>Charities usually come and collect furniture and working electrical items they are able to sell on.

>Leaving items in bin liners near bins is also classed as illegal dumping.