A Newbury man who accepted waste removal bookings on Facebook has been fined £500 after a pile of rubbish was found dumped in Oxfordshire.
Adrian Tarft, 37, of Wash Common, pleaded guilty at Oxford Magistrates’ Court to four charges of breaching the Environmental Protection Act and one of transporting waste without being a registered carrier.
The rubbish – including a television, tyres and carpet – was discovered by a farmer along the A417 London Road in Harwell.
Officers traced the rubbish to an address in Reading, where a resident confirmed she had made a booking with Tarft to dispose of it, and pointed them to the advert on Facebook.
In an interview under caution, Tarft admitted accepting the booking and removing the waste without being licensed to do so, but denied dumping the rubbish and claimed an associate had his van at the time it took place.
However he would not identify the person allegedly responsible.
He was fined £500 in court and ordered to pay Vale of White Horse District Council’s costs of £1,886.
Paul Holland, environmental protection manager at the Vale, said: “By law anyone being paid to transport waste must be registered to do so and have a record of what the rubbish is and where they’ve taken it.
“If you book a waste collection you also have a legal responsibility for checking that it’s taking place legally, so please double check any references and ask to see documentation before you hand any money over.”