Durham County Council has successfully prosecuted a man after household waste was left strewn across a country lane.
Thomas Adey, 25, of Coniston Avenue, Easington Lane, admitted flytipping after household items including a sofa, chairs and cabinets were found in a country lane off Newfield in Chester-le-Street in August 2015.
Peterlee Magistrates Court heard that a neighbourhood warden was called to investigate a report of fly-tipping.
A red leather sofa, boxes, chairs and cabinets were discovered, containing evidence linking the dumped goods to a man from Grange Villa.
The warden visited the man’s home and he stated that he and his brother had begun vacating and emptying his property.
He added that a man then approached them both in the rear yard of the property and asked: “Is there any scrap to take?”
He added: “I can take that stuff away cheaper than a skip.”
They agreed a price of £70 and the man cleared the yard.
One of the men from the property knew the man who took the rubbish away stayed at a property at Queen Street, and drove a distinctive Ford Transit flatbed type vehicle with bars on the back.
On the same day, the warden carried out a Police National Computer check with Durham Constabulary on the vehicle, with Adey emerging as the registered keeper.
At court on January 5, Adey pleaded guilty to fly-tipping, fraudulently collecting household waste and depositing waste on the highway which could have injured or endangered someone.
In mitigation, he told the court he had just started his own business collecting scrap and he knew he needed a permit to dispose of waste but had not obtained one yet.
He was fined £80, ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £20 and costs of £100.
Ian Hoult, neighbourhood protection manager, Durham County Council, said: “Household waste must be disposed of legally and responsibly and we can readily provide permits for people to do this.
“This case saw a large amount of household goods dumped in the open countryside.
“We will not tolerate fly-tipping and it is absolutely vital when paying someone to take your rubbish away that you know it is going to be disposed of legally.”
Household waste can be taken to your nearest Household Waste Recycling Centre, or you can contact 03000 261 000 to create a collection call.
Permits are available to dispose of waste. To find out how to apply, click here.
To report environmental crimes, including fly-tipping and dog fouling, click here, or call 03000 261 000.