Fly-tipped waste in Newcastle leads to prosecution

Waste at Woodside Avenue, Walker
Waste at Woodside Avenue, Walker

A man has been given a 12-month community order for illegally carrying and disposing of controlled waste in Newcastle which included vehicle parts and takeaway waste. 

33-year-old Gareth Guest, of Bolam Gardens, Wallsend, pleaded guilty to four charges relating to waste crime when he appeared at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court on March 1. 

He was investigated following the discovery of large amounts of waste strewn across the road at Woodside Avenue, Walker, on August 20 last year. 

In two large piles were refuse bags filled with rubbish, various vehicle parts, number plates, cardboard boxes and other miscellaneous waste. The fly-tipped waste was analysed and linked to a garage in Byker and a takeaway in North Shields. 

Two days later, officers from Newcastle City Council’s environmental protection team visited the Byker garage and discovered a Ford Transit tipper van in the process of being loaded with waste. 

The driver of the vehicle was identified as Guest, and he later admitted he was not licensed to collect waste or scrap metal in the area, and the van was seized. 

In court, he pleaded guilty to depositing controlled waste without a licence; mixing hazardous waste, transporting controlled waste for business without registering, and using an incorrectly registered vehicle. 

Magistrates imposed a 12-month community order with a requirement for 200 hours of unpaid work. Guest must also pay £291.97 compensation, £400 towards costs and an £85 victim surcharge. 

Cllr Nick Kemp, Newcastle City Council cabinet member for environment said, “This kind of unlicensed and unregulated operation is incredibly dangerous and puts people at serious risk. 

“It blights the communities where the waste is recklessly discarded and endangers people in the vicinity. 

“Our officers’ brilliant work has seen this individual brought before the courts, and that is exactly the same fate awaiting anyone else found to be operating in a similar way. 

“I would also urge members of the public to avoid using the services of unlicensed waste carriers and always check people you employ have the required permits.”